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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd lead Knicks to last-second win

J.R. Smith dunks against the Phoenix Suns. (Dec.

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J.R. Smith had never had a game-winning, buzzer-beating shot before this season. Now he has two in three weeks.

Smith capped off a terrific all-around game with a difficult catch-turn-and-shoot deep baseline jumper as time expired to lift the Knicks to a 99-97 win at Phoenix. Smith was also fading to his left when he launched the decisive bucket that helped the undermanned Knicks improve to...

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Amar'e Stoudemire not ready to play but getting closer

Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against

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Amar’e Stoudemire scrimmaged for the second time this week with the Erie BayHawks and soon will join the Knicks’ big club.

There is “no target date,” according to Stoudemire because he said needs time. But when he can play he expects to be the player he was when the signed for $100 million.

“When I’m healthy I feel like I’m back to my dominant self,” Stoudemire said.

For now, the...

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Jason Kidd fitting nicely with Knicks, sinks Nets

Jason Kidd celebrates his game-winning 3-pointer with J.R.

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Jason Kidd spearheaded every win the Nets had over the Knicks from the 2001-02 season through 2007-08 and Tuesday night he showed his old team what they could have had.

Kidd was on the Nets’ radar over the summer. But they never truly pursued him. They went in a different direction and ended up with C.J. Watson, who is a good backup and much younger. Kidd appeared heading back to the Mavericks,...

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Big win in Miami could be springboard for Knicks

New York Knicks players give high-fives to Raymond

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Tyson Chandler knows the difference between a big win in December and in the playoffs.

But he said Thursday’s win over the Heat can help the Knicks in the postseason.

“It’s important to know how you can beat a team,” Chandler said. “Granted it’s one game, but last year things were very different.

“We got smacked around a little bit by them. It’s important that you take a little...

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Carmelo Anthony named East Player of the Week

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks looks

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Carmelo Anthony was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but his coach missed out on East Coach of the Month.

Mike Woodson finished behind the Nets' Avery Johnson for the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for November.

Knowing both men, they would like the award because it means their team is playing well. But they each would rather be the top coach in May and June.

Anthony...

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Knicks focusing on the big picture, the big prize

Raymond Felton of the New York Knicks goes

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The Knicks continue to talk about being professional and putting team before self.

That mentality has helped them to an 11-4 record without two key players in Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert.

Raymond Felton said having a veteran team and having the big picture in mind have keyed the start.

“I’ve been on a team where a lot of guys were playing for contracts,” Felton said “It’s...

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Carmelo Anthony says he never had a problem with Jeremy Lin

Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin, right, goes to the

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Jeremy Lin hugged and talked to his old teammates before and after the Rockets destroyed the Knicks 131-103 last night.

Prior to tip off, Lin hugged Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, then went to the Knicks’ bench and shook hands with Mike Woodson.

The depiction has been that Anthony and Lin weren’t close professionally and personally. But Anthony has tried to disprove...

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Knicks open trip against a faceless Magic team

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony takes a shot

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The Knicks open their three-game road trip tonight in Orlando and will start the same way against one of the more non-descript teams in the league.

The Knicks have a great shot of winning their fifth straight game to open the season. If they don’t they will be kicking themselves because Dwight Howard really left the Magic high and dry.

Orlando’s projected starters for tonight’s game...

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J.R. Smith somewhat surprised at Knicks' fast start

J.R. Smith celebrates a three-point shot against the

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J.R. Smith has been one of the key factors in the Knicks’ 4-0 start with not just his scoring, but his overall play off the bench.

Smith admitted he’s a little surprised at the Knicks’ record and how well they’re playing.

“Yes and no,” Smith said after practice Saturday. “I say yes because of how old our team is and the injuries to Iman [Shumpert] and [Amar’e Stoudemire].

“I say...

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3 reasons to be excited for 2012-13 Knicks

Jason Kidd makes a pass during an intrasquad

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1. Depth

Having Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, Iman Shumpert (when healthy), Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas means you have depth and the already injury-plagued Knicks may need it.

2. Leadership

Letting Jeremy Lin go wasn’t a popular decision, but the Knicks improved at point guard with more polished and respected players Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo...

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