NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Shooting 73 percent in the first quarter while allowing just one basket, the New York Knicks bolted to a 24-point lead Saturday night and cruised to a 98-67 exhibition victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Allan Houston scored 17 points and Latrell Sprewell and Shandon Anderson added 13 apiece for New York (2-1), which never trailed and led by as many as 31 points.
Houston scored 10 points and Sprewell eight in the first period, when the Knicks made 11 of 15 shots and opened a 32-8 lead. The 76ers, playing without their top five players, were just one of 19 from the field.
Playing without injured center Marcus Camby, the Knicks led by 31 points early in the second period and ended the game with a 17-4 run. They shot 57 percent overall and held a 43-33 rebounding advantage.
Raja Bell scored 11 points for the Sixers (0-2), who shot less than 30 percent. The Eastern Conference champions were without Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo, Aaron McKie, Eric Snow and George Lynch, all of whom are recovering from surgery or nursing injuries.