New York Knick free agent acquisition Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t take long to get into the Knicks’ record books. In his 25th game, in front of a sell-out crowd of 19,387, he scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, and helped by a Wilson Chandler 3-pointer with 30 seconds, the Knicks defeated the Denver Nuggets, 129-125. Amar’s Stoudemire has now scored 30 or more in eight-straight games, breaking the Knick record held by Willie Naulls, who accomplished it from February 4, 1962, to March 4, 1962. The Knicks have won 8 straight, and 13 of 14 after losing 6 in a row. The last time the Knicks won eight in a row was December 27, 1994, to January 3, 1995. The Knicks are off to their best start since the 1996-1997 season.
Along with 30 points, Stoudemire finished with 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks. Chandler finished with 27 points and 7 rebounds, while Raymond Felton posted 19 points to go along with a season-high 17 assists. November Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Landry Fields scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari added 16. Tony Douglas came off the bench for 13 points.
The Denver Nuggets were led by potential free agent Carmelo Anthony, who scored 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds after missing the previous two games. Nene scored 26 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while former Knick Al Harrington came off the bench to score 19 points and dish out 5 assists. Ty Lawson also came off the bench to score 18 points.
The Knicks host the Boston Celtics, winner of 10 in a row, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, at 7:30pm.