Carmelo Anthony spun around Darius Miller on the dribble and pulled up in the lane as he was bumped hard and knocked off balance by Hornets 7-footer Jason Smith.
Anthony's 7-foot floater still dropped in for the front end of a three-point play that gave him 19 points in the first quarter alone. He set the tone once again for a Knicks team that is showing the potential to be as good as any New York fans have seen in a generation.
Anthony finished with 29 points and the Knicks extended the undermanned Hornets' losing streak to four games with a 102-80 victory Tuesday night.
"It was good to get it going early," Anthony said. "Any time you can start off on the road like that, in the first quarter like that, it gives us a lot of confidence."