Vindi-Nate-ed: Well-Rested Robinson Drops 41

Ryan Maloney@ImRyanMaloneyContributor IIJanuary 1, 2010

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29:  Nate Robinson #2 of the New York Knicks celebrates a three pointer against  the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden November 29, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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New year, new Nate?  Perhaps that was the hope of New York coach Mike D'Antoni tonight when he removed Nate Robinson from his doghouse.  The point guard responded by pouring in 41 points as New York won a 112-108 overtime thriller in Atlanta.

Robinson, who was fined $25,000 earlier in the week after his agent publicly requested that the Knicks trade him, played 48 minutes and connected on 18 of 24 shot attempts.  He had been benched for the previous 14 games by a coaching staff that had apparently grown tired of his kid-on-a-playground demeanor .  Despite the long layoff, Robinson took to his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon to tell his fans of a premonition.

"I have a feeling ill be back on the court soon tweeps," wrote the two-time Slam Dunk champion.  "Keep ur fingers crossed."

In his post-game interview with the MSG Network, Robinson publicly thanked D'Antoni for the "humbling experience."