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Wearing orange, Knicks turn into pumpkins

Amar'e Stoudemire looks on in the final seconds

Amar'e Stoudemire looks on in the final seconds of the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 8, 2013) Credit: Mike Stobe

The Knicks truly are an eyesore in their orange uniforms. Sunday's 114-73 loss to Boston dropped them to 0-6 when they don their alternate weekend home uniforms. Their three worst losses this season have come when they're in orange. The other two were by 31 to the Spurs and 20 to the Hawks.

When the orange uniforms were laid out for Friday night's game, Raymond Felton joked that they needed to put them away. The Knicks wore white and beat the Magic by 38.

Felton, who was scoreless against Boston, didn't find it funny when asked about it Sunday. "It was just a little simple joke we had two or three days ago,'' he said. "But it is nothing to joke about right now. I am not in a joking mood.''


Martin sits

Kenyon Martin's troublesome left ankle apparently acted up after he played in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday. He was not in uniform Sunday. "His ankle is somewhat sore, so we're just going to back off,'' Mike Woodson said.


Chandler update

Tyson Chandler did some shooting Sunday but hasn't run on the court yet. He was expected to miss four to six weeks when he broke his right leg and will reach the five-week mark Tuesday.

"He's heading in the right direction,'' Woodson said. "There haven't been any setbacks. Hopefully his timetable won't be much longer. We've just got to wait it out and see.''


Hardaway starts

Minus Martin, Woodson went small and gave rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. his first career start. But after Hardaway went scoreless in 7:45 in the first half, failing to get off a shot, Woodson started Amar'e Stoudemire in the second half. Hardaway finished with eight points and three steals in 24:39. Stoudemire scored a season-high 17 points in 20:58. "I felt great,'' he said. "On both ends I felt like I played solid.'' . . . The Knicks have allowed at least 102 points in eight of their last nine home games and lost all eight.

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