Salmons scores 30 on Brown-less Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) -- Over and over, John Salmons used the same strategy: Drive to the basket, get fouled, make the free throws.

Boy, was it effective.

Salmons helped Philadelphia overcome the absence of injured stars Allen Iverson and Chris Webber by scoring 30 points -- and going 16-for-21 from the free-throw line -- Tuesday night in a 114-99 exhibition win over the New York Knicks, who were without head coach Larry Brown.

"If you ever see me play pickup or in summer league, that's my game," Salmons said of his driving style. "That's what I do."

Still, he added, "that was a free-throw fest out there."

As is his custom, Brown turned over the coaching reins to his top assistant for one preseason game. That meant Herb Williams, who guided New York to a 16-27 record after Lenny Wilkens was fired last season, found himself back in a familiar position. He even picked up a technical foul for arguing with an official in the third quarter.

Unfortunately for the Knicks, it was also a familiar result.

"Ouch," Williams said upon entering his postgame news conference.

Philadelphia used an 18-5 run in the first quarter to open up an early advantage and were up by as many as 29 in the first half. The Sixers never trailed, leading 66-42 at the break.

"It's still early in the season and we have to break that trend coming out," Williams said of the Knicks' slow start. "We have to step up and play a lot better than we did tonight."

Nate Robinson led the Knicks with 16 points and Eddy Curry added 15.

Andre Iguodala had 15 points for Philadelphia, two of them coming on a spectacular windmill dunk after a steal in the opening quarter. Kevin Ollie also scored 15 for the Sixers.

Salmons, who played a little over 28½ minutes, was 7-for-11 from the field and also had five assists and four rebounds. He impressed coach Maurice Cheeks with his aggressiveness.

"That's the way John's been playing," Cheeks said. "He's an effective player."

Iverson is day-to-day with a sore right knee. Perhaps celebrating his last days of dress code freedom, he exited the Sixers locker room after the game wearing a baseball hat tilted slightly on his head and a Phillies warmup jacket.

Webber and center Samuel Dalembert were both out with strained leg muscles.

"With all the guys out, these guys have a chance to show" what they can do, Cheeks said.

It was the first game the Knicks had played since shooting guard Allan Houston announced his retirement Monday.