SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs swingman Danny Green said he's surprised at the Knicks' fast start.

"It's not something I saw growing up," the North Babylon native said. "You don't see the Knicks starting off this well, playing this well. During my years growing up, you didn't see them being very successful. Definitely a new look for me.''

Green, 25, was a Michael Jordan and Bulls fan growing up. Green turned 12 during the Knicks' loss to the Spurs in the 1999 NBA Finals and said he recalls the Patrick Ewing era.

"I remember all of it," Green said. "I just don't remember them winning any championships.''

The Spurs won their previous game on Green's three-pointer over Kobe Bryant.

"It shows any given night, anybody can get hot," he said.

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Staying small

The Knicks will complete this difficult back-to-back Friday night in Memphis against the 6-1 Grizzlies, who start Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph at center and power forward. Mike Woodson said he plans to start Carmelo Anthony, who will be giving up about 20 pounds to Randolph, at power forward.

"Melo's big enough to guard Zach," Woodson said. "We can protect Melo in certain situations throughout the course of the game by doubling and things of that nature.''

Brewer plays

Ronnie Brewer, who sat out most of the second half of Tuesday's game in Orlando with swelling in his surgically repaired left knee, was in the lineup Thursday night.Woodson said he will monitor and probably limit Brewer's minutes in the back-to-back.