After a sluggish first quarter on Sunday evening, the New York Knicks' army of big men -- and Carmelo Anthony -- outscored the Sacramento Kings 55-41. Not only did they build a comfortable cushion, they so did it in style.
First, Kyle O'Quinn, coming off a season-high 20-point performance on Friday, took advantage of Joakim Noah's limited playing time as a result of an ankle injury. The energetic big man started the fun by swatting a DeMarcus Cousin's shot attempt into another dimension.
Cousins, who finished the first half with 16 points, carried Sacramento with 14 first-quarter points but contributed little in the second. O'Quinn, on the other hand, had more antics saved for the quarter.
The Knicks' big man, in his second year with the team, retrieved one of his six rebounds later in the quarter and proceeded to run the point guard position, going coast-to-coast for an emphatic slam.
O'Quinn certainly had a better idea of his intention going down the court than Dwight Howard did earlier in the week.
Kristaps Porzingis, who went scoreless in the first quarter, added to the highlight reel by throwing down a reverse slam towards the end of the quarter. Those were his only points of the first half.
Finally, Derrick Rose -- and his 21.6 points per game average over his last three contests --enjoyed a strong first half.
The former longtime Bulls guard finished with 14 points on seven-of-eight shooting. However, both he and Willy Hernangomez wowed the New York City crowd with numerous trick shots.
Rose's shots involved a drive to the hoop and a last-minute change of plans, giving the Knicks an acrobatic end to the first half. Below is the first of the two field goals.
The Knicks' bench enjoyed the team's strong start.