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 4 years ago '04        #9601
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 4 years ago '04        #9602
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Mitch Lawrence

Kenyon Martin knows he has built a reputation around the NBA, which caused him to be passed up as a potential signing throughout the season. Now, Martin is with the New York Knicks on a 10-day contract, hoping to use the deal to prove himself on the court and as a leader.

“People have misconceptions about me,” Martin said. “That’s why I’m here, to change those now.

“Does it come out wrong sometimes? Yeah, I’m the first to admit my timing and tact is not the best,” he said. “But are my intentions good? Absolutely. But I might have to work on that and learn to keep my mouth shut a little bit.”

Martin has been working out to get in top shape but knows it will take time for him to regain his basketball conditioning.

“The treadmill is a lot shorter than this court,” he said. “I think I’m in decent shape. But basketball shape and game shape are something that’s totally different. But I’m a vet. Throw me out there and I know when I can get my breaks. I’ve got fresh legs."
 4 years ago '04        #9603
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Adrian Wojnarowski

NEW YORK – Sometimes, it's still easy to forget Amar'e Stoudemire walked in here and validated the migration of star talent to Madison Square Garden. New York had missed on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but yet there was Stoudemire standing with an admirable defiance, cap askew, declaring, "The Knicks are back."

Together, they were a high-risk, high-reward partnership, his knees forever threatening an expiration date that could come sooner than the end of his five-year, $100 million contract. As a bridge of talent to these Knicks, Stoudemire played the part of a franchise player until Carmelo Anthony forced his way to New York.

With this roster, the Knicks don't need Stoudemire to be his old Phoenix Suns self – merely the more polished, more mature player with which he's transformed himself. When the Knicks needed to end a four-game losing streak on Sunday, Stoudemire delivered his best performance of the season – 22 points and one missed shot – in a 99-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

If the explosion that made him an All-Star has been diminished with knee surgeries, Stoudemire still has the capacity and character to be a pivotal part of a conference championship contender. This was old-school Amar'e jump hooks, jump shots and springy put-backs at the rim. Slowly, surely, Stoudemire is making a case to be a bigger part of New York's conference championship chase. He makes that case with the second unit, and also makes it on the floor with Anthony.

"They played great together tonight," Knicks point guard Raymond Felton said. "That is what they're capable of, and this is the beginning."

[Also: Former NBA lottery pick refuses to leave trashed, foreclosed home]

Amar'e Stoudemire scored 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting against the Sixers. (AP)The Knicks are still too much at the mercy of those Felton and Jason Kidd and J.R. Smith jumpers; they're too unwilling to trust Stoudemire on the floor in the final minutes of games.

"I think the limited minutes of 30 is great for me so far," Stoudemire said. "It's keeping me fresh."

Fresh for when it matters come April and May, when the Knicks will need him to be a bigger part of closing out games. As the Knicks have too often resembled a second-round playoff loser in the past month, there comes a time when they'll have to consider that Stoudemire needs to be on the floor when they need baskets in the final minutes.

"If we keep winning then we’re good," Stoudemire said. "When we start losing a little bit, then you start thinking about it."

These Knicks are still a combustible creation, and bringing Kenyon Martin into the locker room on a 10-day contract does little to diminish that dynamic. At times, the Knicks have unraveled with technical fouls and ejections, imploded in big moments and big games. Anthony lost his mind on Sunday, needlessly slapping Sixers center Spencer Hawes in the back of the head. After Hawes stepped into Anthony, Tyson Chandler made himself a part of the scrum.

Once, 'Melo started a Nuggets-Knicks melee at the Garden, and make no mistake: Stars simply don't take swings the way Anthony did on Sunday night – open hand, or not. The NBA could still take a look at a shot above the neck, and come back with a more severe punishment on Monday morning.

Until Stoudemire gets back to the playoffs and washes away the embarrassment of smacking that fire extinguisher in Miami a season ago, that stain stays on him. That's part of the record, and no one wants a complete cleansing more than him.

After Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, scored a $100 million deal on Stoudemire's uninsurable knees, it's understandable that no one wants to hear about Stoudemire "sacrificing." Still, he's been a tremendous teammate and has come back from knee surgery this season willing to do whatever Knicks coach Mike Woodson has wanted from him.

That'll never change, but make no mistake: With an opportunity, Stoudemire believes he can do more for these Knicks. All that work with Hakeem Olajuwon over the summer, and he's still dying to unleash it.

"I feel like those moves are now natural moves," he said. "I practice every day on every single move, and there’s 15 moves and [people] only saw the ones that are just easier at this point."

For those who see Stoudemire through the prism of a $20 million annual salary and deteriorating knees, remember something: This Knicks revival started with him in July of 2010, and ultimately New York will need him again to usurp the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.
 4 years ago '04        #9604
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Jared Zwerling and Ian Begley

Kenyon Martin took his seat in the home locker room for the first time, with reporters gathering around, and he said he was "excited" to be back in the NBA.

As he looked around the room, he saw several former teammates from the Nets and Nuggets who are on his side again. One of them, Jason Kidd, was his running mate on Nets teams that went to the Finals in 2002 and '03 -- and the point guard's locker is right next to Martin's. By chance, Kenyon said.

"I've got a good relationship with a lot of guys, have played with a lot of guys -- some big games, some very important games with these guys," he said. "I think it will make the transition a little easier."

Mike Woodson said Martin may not play Sunday, and the power forward, who signed a 10-day contract Saturday, admitted he's not ready yet.

"I still have to learn a few more plays and stuff like that," he said.

Martin said one of his main goals is to bring energy to the court -- "That's who I am," he said -- and it's a personal success if he stays on the whole season. He was previously worried he wouldn't even be in the league this season.

"I went through every emotion dealing with it -- mad, sad, upset, confused," he said. "It just took me to get my mind away from it for the most part and not let it consume my daily thought like it was, because I want to play. I'm a competitor. It's tough to watch."

Now that he's with the Knicks, Martin believes they're for real.

"From top to bottom, we don't get no better," he said. "We have Amar'e (Stoudemire) coming off the bench now, which I think is huge. Not a lot of guys at his stature are coming off the bench."

WOODY BEING "STUBBORN" WITH STARTING FIVE? Prior to facing the 76ers, Woodson conceded that he might be a bit stubborn when it comes to his starting five. He's hinted at making a change during the Knicks' four-game skid, but ultimately has opted to stick with the same lineup: Raymond Felton, Kidd, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

Those five will start again on Sunday, and Woodson wants to see a better "burst" out of them.

"Maybe I'm being a little stubborn with it, but we'll see as we continue to go down this road," he said. "We've just to get this first unit more anxious."

KIDD 'N SHOOT: Woodson said that Kidd has been passing up makeable shots. In his last 10 games, the 39-year-old guard is shooting just 22.5 percent from the floor and 20 percent of his 3-point attempts.

"When you go through struggles of not making shots, you tend to back away and not be so aggressive," Woodson said. "I told (Kidd) he made shots, big shots, for us early on and he's (been) capable of making big shots over his career. So I don't want him to stop."
 4 years ago '04        #9605
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Ian O'Connor

NEW YORK -- They say New Yorkers are among the most unforgiving critics anywhere, and Amar'e Stoudemire represents proof to the contrary. Knicks fans have forgiven him for being brittle, for being overpaid, even for being foolish enough to ram his hand through a fire extinguisher case during a playoff series with the Heat.

They forgave him for his silliness in another playoff series, too, when he hurt himself in Boston trying a schoolyard dunk in warm-ups. The Garden crowd cheered Stoudemire when he made it back for Game 4, just in time for the Knicks to get swept.

The fans even looked the other way when their favorite $100 million man returned from the lockout in less than optimal shape. In the end, Stoudemire could wear a Red Sox cap to Yankee Stadium, a Tom Brady jersey to a Jets game, or LeBron James' championship ring to the Garden, and he still wouldn't be able to pay for a drink in this town.

New Yorkers have a long memory, and they'll never forget what happened in the summer of 2010, when LeBron and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson said no. Stoudemire? He said yes, and the fans were too giddy to care that his affection came at a nine-figure price.

"The Knicks are back," Stoudemire said on arrival.

He brought them back to respectability, averaged more than 25 points and eight rebounds per game, and made the Knicks a credible option to Carmelo Anthony just as Pedro Martinez once made the sadsack Mets a credible option to the stars who followed him to Shea. Never mind that Stoudemire had no competing $100 million bids to choose from, that he had no other franchises willing to give him a deal without insurance, that Mike D'Antoni had walked into a breakfast meeting with his former center in Phoenix fairly certain he didn't want any part of a reunion.

Stoudemire won over his old coach over breakfast, and then won over his new fan base by calling himself a "pioneer" and by declaring that his Knicks would "start a dynasty-approach program here."

The Garden crowd is still waiting for that dynasty. In fact, the Garden crowd doesn't need a dynasty, just its first title in 40 years. Stoudemire has yet to deliver a first-round playoff victory, never mind a parade, and he's yet to prove he can stay healthy and productive from the opening tip of the regular season to the final playoff horn.

The fans still adore him anyway. They stood and stomped for him on his New Year's Day return from knee surgery, when he all but shed a tear at the scorer's table before scoring six points in a loss. They cheered extra loudly for him Sunday when he checked out of a victory over Philadelphia with 8:36 left, his 22 points in 22 minutes on 9-of-10 shooting amounting to the line of the night, the line that ended a four-game losing streak.

The most efficient player in the house, Stoudemire watched the endgame unfold without him. A big-name, big-contract star had delivered a near-perfect performance, and so he needed to be asked how difficult it was to sit through those eight minutes and 36 seconds.

"As long as we're winning," he said in that familiar baritone voice. "We were winning at that point, and we kept the lead. If we keep winning, then we're good."

And if the Knicks don't keep winning with Stoudemire on the bench?

"When we start losing a little bit," he said, "then you start thinking about it."

Oh, Stoudemire definitely thinks about it. He was here first, remember? He wasn't the center of the Knicks' universe; he was the Knicks' universe, at least until Anthony swooped in and took it all away.

Sunday night, Melo said this of Stoudemire: "On that second unit he's our go-to guy." Amare always intended to anchor the Knicks' first unit, not the second. He was wary of endorsing the team's pursuit of Anthony, according to a league source, especially after fielding unflattering scouting reports on Melo the teammate from a couple of players who were with him in Denver. Stoudemire ultimately decided to play along in public, and three years later here's where we are:

Anthony is the Knicks' undisputed franchise player, and Stoudemire is a super sub on some nights, and just another 30-year-old reserve with declining skills and athleticism on others.

He threw down a nice spinning dunk early against the Sixers, and showed off a few of those post moves Hakeem Olajuwon taught him in the summer. "I feel like those moves are natural now," Stoudemire told reporters. "I practice every day on every single move, and there's 15 moves and you guys only saw the ones that are just easier at this point."

Stoudemire said that he feels strong, and that Mike Woodson's limit of 30 minutes of court time is keeping him fresh. Music to the fans' ears. On Oscar night, the Garden crowd wanted to see Stoudemire score the upset for best actor, and got what it paid for.

The slip-sliding Knicks had to have this one, too, had to have Stoudemire play big around the rim. "That's what we're going to need him to do the rest of the way," Woodson said.

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Funny, but this was the same player the Knicks rightfully tried to trade away. Stoudemire's judgment had hurt them in two straight postseasons, and they didn't want to grant him a strike three.

But there were no takers for the balance of his monster contract, and the same New Yorkers who booed Kevin Brown and A.J. Burnett out of town for (among many other things) slamming their hands into walls and doors, warmly re-embraced Stoudemire after he lost a bloody f!ght with the fire extinguisher case in Miami.

Maybe Amare doesn't realize how lucky he is, and maybe he feels he deserves the unconditional love for accepting the same 2010 challenge that scared off LeBron. Either way, this much is clear:

Stoudemire should do everything in his power to be the player he was against Philly for the rest of the season. He should work like he's never worked in practice, play defense, crash the offensive glass, remain professional 24/7, and continue to accept without complaint any role Woodson a.ssigns him.

New Yorkers have given Stoudemire more than they've given almost any star in any sport who's disappointed them. The big guy owes them one, owes them a spirited run through the playoffs, even if he was once a pioneer who took the Knicks' money when nobody else would.
 4 years ago '04        #9606
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Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony will not face a suspension for his dustup with Philadelphia big man Spencer Hawes on Sunday night, according to a league source.

In the third quarter of the Knicks-Sixers game, Anthony hit Hawes in the back of the head as the two were f!ghting for position on a rebound.

Hawes angrily approached Anthony but was pushed away by Tyson Chandler.
 4 years ago '04        #9607
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Ian Begley

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Shut up and play.

That's the succinct version of what Mike Woodson's been telling the Knicks lately.

The coach is getting tired of seeing his players complain to referees about calls.

"We've got to leave the officials alone and just play -- get back to just playing basketball," Woodson said in an interview on ESPN 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show" on Monday.

Several Knicks, including Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, have been vocal with their displeasure over referees' calls this season.

Woodson wants it to end.

"That's something I'm trying to talk to all the guys about, it's just not Melo," Woodson said after Monday's practice. "... When teams play physical, I want us to play physical and not back away. And that's what the good teams are supposed to do. When teams play us physical, it's OK. You've just got to return the favor and let the officials do their job and hopefully things work out for you. We've kind of been on the back side of that a little bit, where we've lost our composure a little bit.

"We've just got to back away from that because you can't win that battle."

The latest example of a Knick letting physical play or the official's whistle get under his skin came Sunday night against the Sixers.

Midway through the third quarter, Anthony hit Spencer Hawes in the back of the head as the two were f!ghting for position on a rebound. Hawes angrily approached Anthony but was pushed away by Chandler.

Both Hawes and Chandler received technical fouls and Anthony, in addition, was called for a flagrant.

It was Anthony's first flagrant foul of the season and was a "flagrant 1," meaning he has one point in the NBA's flagrant foul system. Players receive two points for a flagrant 2. If a player exceeds five points, he is suspended for one game.

Anthony also has 10 technical fouls. A player is suspended after his 16th tech of the season. Chandler has nine.

"We've just got to be smart about what we do," said Woodson, who has been whistled for six technical fouls on the season. "... You can't buy into that, you've just got to play."
 4 years ago '04        #9608
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Hahn

If he plays the rest of the season, @Amareisreal could work his way into #NBA Sixth Man Award contention. More:

Mike Woodson will not budge in making any changes to the starting lineup, but that's not the only reason why Amar'e Stoudemire is likely to come off the bench for the rest of the season.

The former all-star is also expected to remain under a minutes restriction (capped at 30 minutes per game) for the rest of the season. This is a plan set up by the Knicks medical staff to help keep the oft-injured Stoudemire healthy.

"If he's talking about extending his career," Mike Woodson said, "it's a great position to be in."

Woodson later added that "30 is the max, he knows that. I think a lot of things can be done in 30 minutes. That's a lot of time."

Stoudemire has never reached that limit. In 23 games so far, he's averaging just over 22 minutes per game and scoring 13.7 points per game.

Though his defense still needs work -and he puts in a lot of study time watching film - his offense is still as reliable as ever. He's shooting 56.9% from the field and has been a model of efficiency.

In fact, his PER is a solid 21.9 so far this season. As for his Per-36 (his statistics expanded over a 36-minute per game average) forecasts to his career production: 21.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg.

Stoudemire, at 30 and with two years left on his massive contract after this season, is aware that the minutes limitation is for the best.

"I can be very productive in 30 minutes," he said. "That's my motto right now, to come out and be productive, aggressive and efficient in 30 minutes."

And if that production remains steady and, most importantly, leads to wins, Stoudemire could force himself into the conversation for Sixth Man of the Year. By season's end, barring any more missed time, he will have played over 50 games this season. Is that enough?
 4 years ago '05        #9609
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Put my n*gga in the starting line up man Tired of us coming out the gate dull as fu*k... and I'm tired of seeing Melo at the 4... I know he a horse but damn, they got him in there banging with oxes and bulls
 4 years ago '04        #9610
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fu*k you and ur Oregon Trail animals...what you think about that reference P
 4 years ago '05        #9611
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my n*gga
 4 years ago '10        #9612
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Rasheed Wallace will have foot surgery and will likely be done for the season.
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I see you Delonte
 4 years ago '04        #9613
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Omri Casspi and Cavs are close to a buyout..would not be mad if he gto scooped

was hoping the Knicks bought another 1st round pick to get dude in the 2009 draft unfortunately they did buy a draft pick but it was for Phoney Thugless


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 4 years ago '04        #9614
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MARC BERMAN

WASHINGTON — Rasheed Wallace’s surgery in which a screw was inserted into his left foot Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery was done with his goal of returning sometime during the playoffs.

Wallace could have just called it a career, placed a cast on the foot for 12 weeks and been done with basketball. According to a source, he contemplated that possibility the last several days.

The Knicks, however, announced an eight-week timetable that could put him back on the court in the middle of the first round. But one leading medical expert said Wallace will not be at 100 percent healed after just eight weeks from surgery to repair a Jones fracture of his fifth metatarsal.

Dr. Anish Kadakia, a.ssistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University who specializes in Jones fractures, told The Post Wallace could be running in six weeks. Nevertheless, he wouldn’t be 100 percent for 12 weeks.

“After eight weeks, he’ll probably be 90 percent,’’ Dr. Kadakia said. “One hundred percent after eight weeks is not possible and it is a higher risk of failing. But these guys have everything under the sun [to rehab] but speed and jumping is compromised if it’s just eight weeks.’’

Dr. Kadakia has not treated Wallace, but is basing the injury on reports Wallace had a stress reaction before turning into a fracture.

“It is six to eight weeks for an athlete when there’s money riding on it,’’ Dr. Kadakia said. “You can let them go back and play if it’s important like the playoffs. The screw is big enough and strong enough to tolerate the stress you put on it. Those fractures do very poorly without surgery.’’

The Knicks are hopeful Wallace can come back because he’s only needed for about 12 minutes a night. If backup center Marcus Camby can’t stay healthy and Kenyon Martin is a bust, Wallace could be a help deep in the second round.

“It’s very disappointing,’’ Tyson Chandler said. “Rasheed has meant so much to us. He’s a big-time locker room guy. Obviously the time he was on court he was incredible for us defensively. We’ve got to give him a shot to be able to come back. We have to continue to win. Get in the playoffs, go on a nice streak and give him opportunity for another shot.’’

* The Knicks didn’t practice, but coach Mike Woodson has said Camby could make his return from a strained plantar fascia tonight. He’s been out since Jan. 10.

After his Knicks debut Wednesday against the Warriors, Martin said he still needs to prove he deserves another contract after the 10-day expires next week.

“It’s tough for [Rasheed] but it doesn’t mean I’m going to stay past my 10-day contract,’’ Martin said. “To say it’s good news for me, I don’t want to benefit off that. I want my play to be the reason I stay.’’

Martin played 4:48 and didn’t take a shot or get a rebound but was active on switches. He got a big hand when entering.

“It’s a good start,’’ Martin said. “My defense was there. I made a couple of decent traps.”

* The 54-point man, Stephen Curry of Golden State, became the first NBA player to hit 11 3-pointers while having as many as seven a.ssists Wednesday night at the Garden.
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according to Berman, Camby said he'll be back to play against the Heat (which he also told Berman was his plan the entire time)
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Camby coming back means nothing cuz woodson wont play him
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Berman

Woodson gave #Knicks and J.R. Smith earful during film sessions this morn regarding the volume of 3-point shots in Miami game. J.R. took 14, made just 3. Woodson loves J.R. but was pissed. “We discussed it at film session,’’ Woodson said. “ Not just J.R. We’ve been struggling to shoot threes. When you’re struggling, you got to put in more gym time. Or you don’t shoot them. When you’re not making it in a ballgame, you got to mix your game up. It was obviously glaring the game he had,’ watching it on tape. I hope he learns from it. It’s all you can do.’
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Berman

CLEVELAND — Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni said he is unsure he will seek another NBA contract this summer when he becomes a free agent. Prigioni added it’s still possible he will return to the Spanish League to finish up his distinguished career.

Asked if he wanted to return to the Knicks next season, Prigioni, the oldest rookie in the modern NBA at 35, said he can’t tell and needs a full season to evaluate. But Prigioni told The Post he is not retiring.

“I will play for some team next year — where, I don’t know,’’ Prigioni told The Post. “It could be in the NBA. It could be the Spanish League.’’

“I need to go to the summer, take it by day-by-day and think about it. But I [will] listen to the Knicks.’’

Prigioni had been a steady part of the rotation all season but did not play in two straight games due to Jason Kidd’s demotion to backup point guard. But Prigioni resurfaced last night and played 8:18.

The Knicks feel there’s a good possibility Prigioni will leave, and are considering replacing him via the draft, in which they have a first-round pick. The Knicks will likely select in the early 20’s and feel there are point guards who would be a good fit behind the Raymond Felton-Kidd combo.

Prigioni wanted to keep his options open during negotiations last summer when he jumped to the NBA from the Spanish League.

“They said, ‘Do you want two years or just one year?’ ’’ said Prigioni, who brought his family from Spain to New York. “And I wanted just one year.’’

Prigioni said he hasn’t hit a wall despite never playing more than 70 games in a European season. Prigoni said because he averaged just 13 minutes a game, the amount of games played were no factor.

* None of the starters hit double figures, with Carmelo Anthony playing just 14:15 and scoring six points (1 of 5 from the field). But four players recorded double figures off the bench — Steve Novak (15 points, 4 of 7 on 3-pointers), J.R. Smith (18 points), Amar’e Stoudemire (22 points) and Kidd (12 points).
 4 years ago '04        #9619
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CLEVELAND — Carmelo Anthony went down and Amar’e Stoudemire rose up.

With Anthony aggravating a mysterious, nagging, right-knee injury in the second quarter, Mike Woodson was forced into playing Stoudemire past his 30-minute, team-imposed cap for the first time this season.

It was a desperate move and it worked splendidly. Stoudemire carried the Knicks from 22 points down in the second quarter and powered a thrilling 102-97 victory over the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, playing a season-high 31:55.

As Anthony sat in the locker room, his immediate fate unknown, Stoudemire bagged 22 points, made 10 of 15 shots and looked like “The $100 Million Man’’ again. It was tied for the Knicks’ second-biggest comeback since 1991-92.
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After Carmelo Anthony left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury, Amar'e Stoudemire emerged with 22 points in a season-high 31:55 of playing time.

“I told you guys, whenever my number’s called I’ll be ready,’’ Stoudemire said in a giddy Knicks locker room. “Tonight I was ready.’’

A somber Anthony claimed the injury is not serious, although the medical staff still can’t determine why he’s been in discomfort for about two weeks. Anthony left the game midway through the second quarter after tripping over himself and landing hard when he tried to receive a Jason Kidd pass.

Melo, 1-of-5 at the time, walked off to the locker room with the club down 21 points with 6:42 left in the half and didn’t return.

Stoudemire came in for Anthony and the Knicks (36-21) exploded on a 10-0 run — the foundation for their comeback.

“When there’s a will, there’s a way,’’ Stoudemire said. “We willed out a win tonight.’’

Anthony said he doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Detroit tomorrow; he’ll be reevaluated today.

“No, no. It’s definitely not serious,’’ Anthony said.

Anthony said an MRI exam was done two days ago and “came back great.’’ No new MRI is scheduled after manual tests last night revealed no ACL tear.

“I felt before the game I was like dragging my right leg,’’ Anthony said, adding “It’s nothing we can figure out at the moment.’’

Stoudemire looked as healthy as ever and he’s the one on the 30-minute plan because of bad knees. Not last night.

“We went over by a little, oops,’’ Mike Woodson cracked.

Stoudemire capped the big night, with a big game-sealing basket — spinning down the baseline, having his shot blocked, regaining and laying it in to put the Knicks up 99-95 with 42 seconds left. Stoudemire beat his chest running back downcourt.

The timing for Stoudemire couldn’t have been more precious. Stoudemire was benched for the final 7:52 in the Miami loss and Woodson was pilloried for it. Before the game, Woodson said it was vexing for him to figure out Stoudemire’s role under the 30-minute cap imposed by the medical staff but planned to increase his workload. And did he ever?

“I feel great,’’ Stoudemire said of the extra playing time. “I’ve been a competitor my whole career. I’ve had a lot of success in this league. It’s a matter of being ready when my number is called.’’

The Knicks got off to one of their worst defensive starts in recent memory, allowing Cleveland to hit 22 of its first 27 shots, allowing journeyman Marrese Speights to go 7-of-7 in the first quarter and 10-for-10 by halftime. The Cavaliers were shooting 81.5 percent midway through the second quarter as the Knicks were a sleepwalking disgrace, suffering from a Miami hangover.

“I was thinking about leaving the building,’’ Woodson said.

He would have missed a great comeback. Kidd was terrific, sinking a giant 3-pointer with 1:38 left to put the Knicks up 98-91 and grabbing a clutch offensive rebound with 6.3 seconds left, getting fouled. He made 1-of-2 free throws to make it a three-point game and Tyson Chandler sealed it with a block of Kyrie Irving at the 3-point line.

In an oddity, none of the five starters hit double figures, but four bench players did.

“Guys were gritty tonight,’’ Woodson said. “After we lost Melo, guys really started to f!ght. Amar’e was fantastic. We got him right at 31 minutes. We were just trying to time the minutes for him.’’
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