- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: It wasn't pretty, but the Knicks will take it.
In a contest that at times resembled the team's physical battles in the 1990s, New York topped Indiana, 88-76, on Sunday afternoon.
Perhaps affected by the rare noon tipoff, both teams shot poorly, but the Knicks were able to walk off the floor with a win thanks in part to the 16 points they had off of 19 Indiana turnovers.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 26 points and nine rebounds.
New York started the season 6-0 and suffered their first loss against Memphis on Friday so many wondered how they'd bounce back after their first loss. At 7-1, they are a half-game behind Memphis (8-1) for the best record in the NBA.
'SHEED'S SHOW: Rasheed Wallace sparked the Knicks off the bench with nine straight points spanning the third and fourth quarters, including an emphatic tomahawk dunk off of a pick-and-roll feed from reserve Pablo Prigioni.
Wallace, who is Mike Woodson's favorite front line player off the bench, also pulled down seven rebounds and a block in 17 minutes.
Wallace has moved ahead of Marcus Camby on the Knicks' rotation. After sitting for two games, Camby played on Sunday, grabbing four rebounds and blocking a shot in 11 minutes.
UGLY OFFENSE: The Knicks shot just 36 percent from the floor, hitting only 28 percent of their 3-point attempts. Indiana shot 39 percent from the floor. The Knicks, however, turned it over just eight times.
KIDD SUFFERS GASH: Jason Kidd needed seven stitches to close a gash on the side of his head that opened in the first quarter.
It appeared that Lance Stephenson's tooth hit the side of Kidd's head as Stephenson challenged a shot, resulting in a sizeable cut.
Kidd initially wore a headband to cover the blood and returned to the court to shoot three free-throws. He then left the court to receive the stitches.
The 39-year-old returned to the floor in the second quarter, wearing the headband over the gash. He finished with three points, two assists and a turnover in 23 minutes.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks have a day off, then travel to New Orleans to begin a back-to-back against Anthony Davis and the Hornets. They'll complete the back-to-back against Dallas on Wednesday. The Knicks beat the Mavs, minus Dirk Nowitzki, on Nov. 9 at Madison Square Garden. The biggest game of the week, however, comes Friday when the Knicks travel to Houston to face ex-Knick Jeremy Lin for the first time.
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