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NEW YORK -- For all their questions about age and possible distractions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks could not have had a better season opener.

Anthony scored 30 points and the Knicks led wire-to-wire in a 104-84 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

Steve Novak added 17 off the bench while Raymond Felton chipped in 14. Jason Kidd contributed 12 and three assists in his Knicks debut while J.R. Smith added 11.

The Knicks won in spite of shooting 43 percent. They were able to score 100 points against the Heat for the first time in 16 games by dominating from beyond the arc.

Anthony had four 3-pointers while shooting 10 of 28 overall. The Knicks shot 19 of 36 overall from long range, outscoring Miami by a whopping 57-21 margin.

Coming off an impressive 120-107 season-opening win against the Celtics, the Heat struggled to sustain any consistent offensive cohesiveness despite shooting a respectable 46.5 percent LeBron James led the Heat with 23 points while Dwyane Wade added 15.

The Knicks were originally slated to open the season Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets in the initial game at the Barclays Center. That game was postponed until Nov. 26 and the Knicks had an extra day of practice.

Many thought Friday's game should have been postponed due to lack of good transit but the renovated building was mostly filled and fans enjoyed what they saw against the defending champions.

The Knicks led by as many as 23 during the second half and took an 81-63 lead into the fourth after hitting six more 3-pointers. They were slightly threatened when Wade's reverse layup made it a 13-point game with seven minutes left but Felton buried another three-pointer and Chris Bosh fired an air-ball three on Miami's next possession and the Knicks never were challenged again.

The Knicks led 33-17 after shooting 62 percent in the opening quarter and took a 55-44 edge into halftime as Anthony scored 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting.

Anthony was the focal point during the dominating open quarter as he scored 16 points, with eight coming during a 14-5 spurt that ended the period. His display was highlighted by a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

Miami made a small dent into the Knicks' lead as Wade scored 11 of his 13 points in the second quarter while making all six of his field goal attempts. James was quiet in the second quarter as he took just three shots and went into the break with 14 points.

The Heat also were plagued by turnovers as they had 12 in the first half, four more than Tuesday's season-opening win against Boston. They also played a majority of the first half without point guard Mario Chalmers, who picked up two early fouls.

Notes: Wade said he was planning on contributing to the relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy by giving his game check of over $200,000 to the cause. "I just felt there were bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game," he said before the game. "Obviously sports is things that takes people's minds away from things, but you know, I think there's bigger things that need to be done here in the city." ... Knicks forward Kurt Thomas appeared in his first game for the team since April 20, 2005. He was the oldest Knick to suit up in a regular season game since current assistant Herb Williams (41 years, 2 months and 16 days) on May 2, 1999. ... Center Marcus Camby, who has been battling a calf injury in preseason, did not play. Coach Mike Woodson said he practiced well during the week but decided to hold Camby out due to his lack of contact in drills. Woodson also addressed playing despite the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and took the diplomatic approach by saying: "I have no control over that. The league decided to play the game and we have to play."
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