Rasheed Wallace delivered a hard whack to Luis Scola, then some hard words to the referees.

These New York Knicks won't let anybody have it easy at Madison Square Garden, not even the officials.

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the Knicks ran their best home start in 20 years to 7-0, withstanding Wallace's ejection after a mere 1:25 of playing time to beat the Phoenix Suns 106-99 on Sunday.

Phoenix had won its last two at MSG, but the Knicks have finally figured out under coach Mike Woodson that home-court games are not to be wasted. They are 18-1 at home in the regular season since he took over last March.

"His whole thing when he came in is we're going to protect our home floor, and we're going to go out on the road and compete," center Tyson Chandler said. "Teams coming in got to feel like they've got to go somewhere else to get a win."

Raymond Felton had 23 points, seven assists and no turnovers for the Knicks, who last won seven straight at Madison Square Garden to open a season when they started 9-0 in 1992-93. The point guard was hurting after the game. He went for an MRI exam that revealed a bone bruise in his swollen left hand.

Chandler finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Knicks moved a half-game behind Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference.


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Wallace has been called for more than 300 technical fouls in his career. He's up to four for the season now, one off the league lead.

Magic 113, Lakers 103: Arron Afflalo scored 30 points, Glen Davis added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Orlando beat Dwight Howard in its first game against the Magic's longtime center, stunning host Los Angeles.

Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds, but the rebuilding Magic rallied impressively for a 40-point fourth quarter for just its fourth win in 14 games, snapping a three-game skid.

Orlando did it partly by intentionally fouling Howard, who went 9 for 21 at the line -- including 7 for 14 in the fourth quarter.

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points for the Lakers, who dropped to 3-4 under new coach Mike D'Antoni with another inconsistent performance with deficient defense.

Bulls: Richard Hamilton's MRI exam revealed he tore the plantar fascia in his left foot. The team said he will return "as his symptoms permit."