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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 108, Wizards 87

WHAT IT MEANS: No Jason Kidd? No problem. Especially not against the hapless Wizards.

The Knicks won their second straight game without Kidd, drubbing the Wizards 108-87 on Friday. The Knicks are 6-0 at home for the first time since 1992.

Carmelo Anthony led New York (11-4) with 20 points in 28 minutes on 6-for-13 shooting. The Knicks outscored the Wizards by 15 with Anthony on the court and New York led for the game's final 42 minutes.

Kidd has missed the last three games because of lower back spasms. He is day to day and hopes to return sometime during the Knicks' trip next week. The Knicks are 2-1 without him.

PRIG-GIE SMALLS: The fear with Kidd out of the lineup is that the Knicks' ball movement will suffer. But that wasn't the case Friday night. The Knicks finished with 24 assists on 43 makes. The Wizards, by the way, had 11 assists on 35 makes.

J.R. Smith led the Knicks with six assists, and Anthony and Pablo Prigioni had five apiece.

Once again, Prigioni did a great job moving the ball and he even hit a few shots -- he made two 3-pointers in the first half and finished with eight points on 3-for-4 shooting.

Prigioni has been solid in the past two games. On Wednesday against Milwaukee, he finished with career-highs in points (11) and assists (seven) and helped the Knicks score 35 points in the decisive second quarter.

On Friday, he dazzled the crowd by finding Smith for a reverse alley-oop from 35 feet out in the fourth quarter.

SMITH SIZZLES: That wasn't Smith's lone contribution. The Knicks' sixth man bounced back from a bad night against Milwaukee to score 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting. He hit two of the Knicks' 12 3-pointers.

Steve Novak chipped in nine points on three 3-pointers off the bench. Tyson Chandler and Ronnie Brewer scored 12 points apiece and Ray Felton had 11 points.

CROWD WANTS CAMBY: The Madison Square Garden crowd chanted for Marcus Camby. But Mike Woodson didn't oblige. Camby missed the preseason because of a calf injury and has played sparingly since. He was the only Knick who didn't play Friday.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks take on the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden at noon on Sunday.