It's early, we know, but no one now can get within 10 points of the Knicks. Not the world champion Heat in the season-opener and not the Sixers, who were a step slow on Sunday in the Garden against the oldest team in the NBA.

Before leaving for Philly for Monday's return match-up against the Sixers, Jason Kidd gave some of the credit to Raymond Felton after the Knicks' second easy win in a row, this time by 100-84.

"Felton is the engine," Kidd said. "I tell him to go out there and set the tempo."

But Kidd was the engine on Sunday, the tempo-setter and simply the best playmaker on the floor, for either team. He finished with more assists (six) than any Knick, more steals than any Knick (three) and didn't commit a turnover in 25 minutes, to go along with 12 points on four-for-eight shooting.