On Sunday, Jrue Holiday scored 30 points on 12-of-24 shooting, scoring one more point than Carmelo Anthony, who scored 16 of his 29 at the foul line. Evan Turner finished with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds. He took 18 shots to finish with his point total, compared to Amar’e Stoudemire, who scored 22 points, but was 9 for 10 from the floor.

Still, New York’s big two ended up with 51 combined points, as did Turner and Holiday. Most days, you will like your chances against the Knicks if you equal the scoring prowess of their two stars with two of your own.

Turner got in a scruff with Stoudemire late in the first quarter that resulted in Turner receiving a technical foul. To Turner’s credit, he was able to properly channel his anger after the incident and turn in a productive outing.

“The one thing about Evan that I so admire is his competitive nature,” Doug Collins said. “Evan would take on the other team by himself if he could and I love that about him but I don't want him to feel like he has to do that.”

So what spurred the tussle with Stoudemire?

“Amar’e scratched my face and he and I locked arms for a second so I thought I could dribble and I just lost my cool because it happened right in front of [the ref],” Turner said. “And the night before with the Heat you get hit a few times and don't get calls and it kind of just boils over.”