Knicks host 150 children from Sandy Hook Elementary School

The Newtown, Conn., town choir performs the national The Newtown, Conn., town choir performs the national anthem before a game between the Knicks and the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 2, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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The Knicks tried to put smiles on the faces of members of a struggling community this week.

They hosted 150 children, their families and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School at Saturday night's game. Children from the Newtown (Conn.) Choir also sang the national anthem Saturday night and received a heartfelt ovation.

The Knicks held a "Family Fun Day'' event Tuesday at the Newtown Youth Academy for 400 children from the school -- where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed in December -- and their families.

"It was a great event for us, to be able to take the team down and spend some time with that community," Mike Woodson said before the Knicks' 120-81 victory over the Kings. "They got hit hard, man, and they're still trying to recover from it. So to be able to go down and touch those kids and talk to parents, and them being able to come up here and watch us play, I think, is pretty special.

"I don't care what community you live in or where you go and visit, man, you hate to see a community go through something like that, especially when you're dealing with young kids. A lot of those kids never had a chance."

At Tuesday's event, there were basketball drills and contests and other carnival-like festivities. "It was fun," Carmelo Anthony said.

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Ray OK Raymond Felton aggravated his right pinkie injury in Friday's win but felt well enough to play and had seven points and eight assists in 26 minutes against the Kings. He returned to finish Friday's game after banging the pinkie, and X-rays were negative. Felton missed 41/2 weeks after fracturing the pinkie Dec. 25. He said he likely would be out for the rest of the season if he broke his finger again.

Buzzer-beaters

Tyson Chandler grabbed 20 rebounds for the second consecutive game. The last Knick to do that was Marcus Camby Dec. 8 and 11 of 2001 . . . Kurt Thomas made a three-pointer, only his ninth in his 18-year career. The Knicks were 19-for-43 from three-point range and outrebounded the Kings 52-30 . . . Amare Stoudemire is averaging 17.1 points and shooting .690 in his last eight games.

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