Stoudemire thanks Felton for franchise mark

New York Knicks' Raymond Felton, left, looks to New York Knicks' Raymond Felton, left, looks to pass past Denver Nuggets' Al Harrington in the first half. (Dec. 12, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

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Amar'e Stoudemire's eighth consecutive game with at least 30 points gave him the Knicks' record. He had shared the mark of seven straight with Willie Naulls, who did it from Feb. 22-March 4, 1962.

Stoudemire - who had 24 points in the second half - gave an assist, appropriately enough, to his teammates, especially point guard Raymond Felton.

"It is a great accomplishment," Stoudemire said Sunday after contributing 30 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the Knicks' 129-125 victory over the Denver Nuggets. "Again, it wouldn't be possible without my teammates. Raymond is doing a phenomenal job. He is playing All-Star-caliber basketball right now."

Felton had 19 points, 17 assists and only two turnovers as the Knicks recorded their season high in points. He outplayed Denver's Chauncey Billups, who had four points and six assists and shot 1-for-7.

Billups' one made shot was (typically for him) a big one - a three-pointer with 1:18 left that tied the score at 120. But Felton was the best point guard on the floor.

"Ray is one of the toughest point guards in the league," Stoudemire said. "There is no back-down in him and no back-down in us."

Coach Mike D'Antoni said of Felton: "He has been playing great. The great thing is that he plays 44 minutes . I hope I don't wear him out, but he is able to stay on the court a long, long time. So far, so good."

 

Fields, Chandler heat up early

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Rookie Landry Fields had another superb game with 18 points (7-for-11 shooting) and nine rebounds. He was especially effective in the first quarter (11 points, 4-for-4 shooting). Although Stoudemire and Felton totaled only four points in the quarter, the Knicks took a 35-24 lead thanks in large part to Fields and Wilson Chandler, who had 12 of his 27 points in the quarter.

"In the first half, [Denver] did a great job of clogging the lane and making it hard for me," Stoudemire said.

Speaking of Fields, Stoudemire said: "This guy is a monster. That's the best way I can describe him: a monster."

 

Up next

D'Antoni gave the players Monday off. The Knicks face the Celtics Wednesday at the Garden before the Heat visits Friday. The Knicks will play the Cavaliers in Cleveland the next day.

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