Amar'e Stoudemire Dunks on Orlando Magic, Comes Up Huge for NY Knicks

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This is what New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson envisioned when he penciled in Amar'e Stoudemire on his second unit, following the forward's return from knee surgery.

A six-time All-Star, the 30-year-old Stoudemire has the unfortunate combination of a max contract and a history of knee and back problems. Limiting his workload has been the plan, but just how much Woodson can afford to limit those minutes remains a question.

If Monday night's effort against the Orlando Magic showed anything, he can certainly battle his way through a 20-minute outing:

 

Needless to say, the thunderous throwdown seen above proved that he's got a little something left in those knees:

 

What's refreshing for Knicks fans, though, is the fact that these finishes are becoming more of regularities than anomalies. Monday night marked Stoudemire's seventh straight double-digit outing, a stretch that has shown the return of explosiveness in his knees:

 

Even more importantly, the 113-97 win over Orlando improved the Knicks to 28-15 on the year. Tyson Chandler led New York with 21 points, while Raymond Felton finished with 15 points and nine assists in his third game back from a fractured finger.

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