Knicks 92, Nets 83

Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in three quarters, rookie Iman

Shumpert added 16, and the New York Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets

92-83 on Saturday in the preseason opener for both teams.

Renaldo Balkman had 20 points for the Knicks, who got only 10

points on 3-of-11 shooting from Amare Stoudemire. But they got a

strong effort from their reserves, with Shumpert, the first-round

pick from Georgia Tech, outplaying starting guards Toney Douglas

and Landry Fields.

Tyson Chandler, who helped Dallas win the NBA title before

coming to New York in a sign-and-trade, had four points, four

rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 27 minutes.

Brook Lopez and Anthony Morrow each scored 15 for the Nets, but

All-Star guard Deron Williams shot just 4 of 12 and scored nine.

The Nets are hoping to trade for Dwight Howard, but in the meantime

appear short on talent beyond Williams and Lopez.

Mike Bibby’s 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer gave the

Knicks a 69-66 lead, and Balkman scored the first seven points of

the fourth as New York pulled away.

The teams meet again Wednesday night at Madison Square