The New York Knicks like their perch atop the NBA, and they might stay there a while, thanks to their immediate schedule. The remainder of November is filled with dates with New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Detroit and Washington. The Knicks have only two more games this month against teams with winning records: Brooklyn and Milwaukee.
The Knicks owe credit to their best start in 18 years to Mike Woodson, whose demanding style has translated to Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith working harder on defense.
The Clippers have won six straight, including victories over Miami and San Antonio.