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Stoudemire, Knicks roll on

NEW YORK — The roar at the beginning was for Carmelo Anthony. The booming chants at the end were for Amare Stoudemire.

Maybe the Knicks already have the only superstar they need.

"Sky's the limit," Stoudemire said. "It's just a matter of us continuing to improve."

Stoudemire scored 24 of his 30 in the second half, Wilson Chandler hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and New York beat the Nuggets 129-125 on Sunday for its first eight-game winning streak in 16 years.

Perhaps catching a break not to have been called for a second technical foul and ejected in the second quarter, Stoudemire set a franchise record with his eighth straight 30-point game. The more important streak for the Knicks is the winning one.

New York won for the 13th time in 14 games and has won eight straight for the first time since Dec. 27, 1994 to Jan.  13, 1995. At 16-9, the Knicks are off to their best start after 25 games since they were 18-7 in 1996-97.

Next up: showdowns with Boston on Wednesday and Miami on Friday.

The Knicks seemed to be going nowhere when a 120-118 loss in Denver on Nov. 16 dropped them to 3-8. But they have lost once since thanks mostly to Stoudemire, who heard "MVP! MVP!" chants in the final minute.

"When we played them in Denver the first time, they look like a totally different team right now," said Anthony, who was treated warmly by fans as the Knicks appear to be a frontrunner to obtain him in a trade. "They've got a lot of rhythm going out there, seemed like everybody's on the same page, everybody's doing their part out there and they're rolling right now."

With most of the crowd at Madison Square Garden standing and chanting for the final minutes, Raymond Felton made four free throws in the final 15.6 seconds.

Anthony had 31 points and 13 rebounds in his return after missing two games with an inflamed right knee.

MELO'S DEMANDS: Anthony wants his money, even if he's not saying where he wants it.

The Nuggets star made clear the importance of a contract extension, which he has thus far refused to sign. He also said he doesn't think Denver would trade him somewhere he wouldn't accept one.

Anthony was asked the importance of getting an extension before the collective bargaining agreement expires next summer. The NBA wants major salary cuts in the next deal.

"Whatever decision that I make, that's going to be the first thing that gets done," he said.

ESPN.com reported that Anthony would accept a long-term extension only if it came with a trade to the Knicks.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: George Hill had 22 points and the host Spurs became the NBA's first 20-game winner with a 95-78 victory over the Trail Blazers. … Kobe Bryant scored 25 of his 32 in the second half and had two big assists in a late eight-point run that led the visiting Lakers to a 99-92 victory over the Nets. … Kevin Durant had 25 points and the host Thunder beat Cleveland 106-77 to hand the Cavaliers their eighth straight loss.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Nets rookie forward Damion James is out indefinitely with a broken right foot.

Knicks 129, Nuggets 125

DENVER (125): Anthony 11-27 9-9 31, She.Williams 1-1 0-0 2, Nene 9-13 8-10 26, Billups 1-7 1-2 4, Afflalo 3-8 0-0 8, Harrington 6-8 4-4 19, Smith 2-8 2-4 7, Lawson 6-7 6-7 18, Ely 1-1 2-2 4, Forbes 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 42-83 34-40 125.

NEW YORK (129): Chandler 10-17 2-2 27, Gallinari 4-11 6-7 16, Stoudemire 13-23 4-4 30, Fields 7-11 1-1 18, Felton 7-15 4-5 19, Turiaf 3-4 0-0 6, Douglas 2-6 7-7 13, Sha.Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-88 24-26 129.

Denver 24 41 24 36— 125

New York 35 31 31 32— 129

3-Point GoalsDenver 7-21 (Harrington 3-5, Afflalo 2-3, Smith 1-2, Billups 1-4, Nene 0-1, Anthony 0-6), New York 13-30 (Chandler 5-9, Fields 3-5, Douglas 2-5, Gallinari 2-6, Felton 1-4, Sha.Williams 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 55 (Anthony 13), New York 36 (Fields 9). AssistsDenver 20 (Billups 6), New York 30 (Felton 17). Total FoulsDenver 19, New York 23. TechnicalsNene, Stoudemire, Turiaf. Flagrant Fouls—Turiaf. A19,387 (19,763).

Spurs 95, Trail Blazers 78

PORTLAND (78): Matthews 7-16 1-2 17, Aldridge 8-14 0-0 16, Camby 5-7 1-4 11, Miller 2-8 3-3 7, Roy 4-16 0-0 9, Przybilla 1-1 2-2 4, Batum 2-9 0-0 5, Fernandez 1-5 0-0 3, Mills 0-0 0-0 0, Cunningham 0-2 0-0 0, Marks 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 33-87 7-11 78.

SAN ANTONIO (95): Jefferson 1-3 2-2 5, Duncan 4-10 0-0 8, Blair 2-6 4-6 8, Parker 6-16 2-2 14, Ginobili 6-12 4-5 18, Hill 5-9 9-9 22, Bonner 1-1 0-0 3, Neal 4-7 1-1 11, McDyess 3-8 0-0 6, Quinn 0-1 0-0 0, Udoka 0-0 0-0 0, Splitter 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 32-74 22-26 95.

Portland 17 23 21 17— 78

San Antonio 26 24 23 22— 95

3-Point GoalsPortland 5-15 (Matthews 2-3, Batum 1-4, Fernandez 1-4, Roy 1-4), San Antonio 9-17 (Hill 3-4, Neal 2-4, Ginobili 2-7, Jefferson 1-1, Bonner 1-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 53 (Camby 13), San Antonio 51 (Duncan 13). AssistsPortland 19 (Miller 7), San Antonio 20 (Parker 6). Total FoulsPortland 18, San Antonio 12. TechnicalsJohnson, Portland Coach McMillan. Flagrant Fouls—Przybilla. A16,743 (18,797).

Lakers 99, Nets 92

L.A. LAKERS (99): Artest 1-7 0-0 2, Odom 9-13 2-3 22, Gasol 6-19 3-5 15, Fisher 3-6 4-4 10, Bryant 9-19 11-13 32, Caracter 0-1 2-2 2, Barnes 1-4 0-0 3, Brown 3-8 0-0 7, Blake 1-3 2-2 4, Vujacic 0-0 0-0 0, Walton 0-1 0-0 0, Ebanks 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-82 24-29 99.

NEW JERSEY (92): Ross 0-2 0-0 0, Humphries 5-8 1-1 11, Lopez 9-21 7-9 25, Harris 6-17 4-4 16, Morrow 6-17 0-0 15, Williams 3-7 1-2 7, Favors 3-5 2-2 8, Farmar 3-9 1-1 8, Petro 0-0 0-0 0, Outlaw 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 36-89 16-19 92.

L.A. Lakers 30 22 17 30— 99

New Jersey 24 18 25 25— 92

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 7-16 (Bryant 3-6, Odom 2-3, Brown 1-1, Barnes 1-3, Blake 0-1, Artest 0-1, Walton 0-1), New Jersey 4-20 (Morrow 3-9, Farmar 1-6, Outlaw 0-1, Harris 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 52 (Gasol 11), New Jersey 57 (Humphries 11). AssistsL.A. Lakers 20 (Bryant 6), New Jersey 17 (Harris 10). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 20, New Jersey 27. A16,561 (18,500).

76ers 88, Hornets 70

NEW ORLEANS (70): Ariza 2-11 0-0 5, West 2-10 5-6 9, Okafor 0-5 2-6 2, Paul 8-12 7-7 25, Belinelli 3-9 0-0 6, Green 0-7 0-0 0, Thornton 3-8 1-2 8, Jack 3-8 2-2 8, Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Pondexter 1-1 0-0 2, Mbenga 1-5 0-0 2, Andersen 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 24-79 17-23 70.

PHILADELPHIA (88): Iguodala 5-7 3-6 16, Brand 6-11 3-4 15, Hawes 3-8 0-0 6, Holiday 4-9 3-3 12, Meeks 2-9 4-5 8, Turner 3-4 0-0 7, Williams 7-15 1-2 17, Young 3-9 0-0 6, Speights 0-5 1-2 1. Totals 33-77 15-22 88.

New Orleans 13 10 23 24— 70

Philadelphia 20 25 22 21— 88

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 5-12 (Paul 2-2, Andersen 1-1, Thornton 1-2, Ariza 1-2, Jack 0-1, Green 0-1, Belinelli 0-3), Philadelphia 7-17 (Iguodala 3-4, Williams 2-6, Holiday 1-1, Turner 1-1, Hawes 0-2, Meeks 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 52 (Ariza 10), Philadelphia 60 (Brand 13). AssistsNew Orleans 4 (Paul 3), Philadelphia 24 (Williams, Iguodala 5). Total FoulsNew Orleans 19, Philadelphia 20. TechnicalsNew Orleans Bench. A13,884 (20,318).

Thunder 106, Cavaliers 77

CLEVELAND (77): Parker 4-8 2-2 12, Jamison 3-11 0-0 8, Varejao 3-7 1-1 7, M.Williams 3-9 2-2 8, Gibson 5-11 0-0 11, Hickson 4-9 1-5 9, J.Williams 0-5 1-2 1, Harris 1-4 0-0 2, Powe 1-2 1-3 3, Sessions 0-5 6-8 6, Graham 2-5 3-5 7, Hollins 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 26-77 20-32 77.

OKLAHOMA CITY (106): Durant 10-17 3-4 25, Green 7-13 4-5 19, Ibaka 2-3 0-0 4, Westbrook 5-10 3-3 14, Sefolosha 0-2 1-2 1, Harden 6-8 5-6 19, Collison 1-1 0-0 2, White 2-6 0-2 4, Maynor 4-6 0-0 9, Ivey 1-5 0-0 2, Mullens 2-4 1-2 5, Peterson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 41-77 17-24 106.

Cleveland 17 28 13 19— 77

Oklahoma City 31 25 30 20— 106

3-Point GoalsCleveland 5-15 (Parker 2-3, Jamison 2-7, Gibson 1-1, Harris 0-1, M.Williams 0-1, J.Williams 0-2), Oklahoma City 7-19 (Harden 2-3, Durant 2-4, Westbrook 1-1, Maynor 1-2, Green 1-4, Peterson 0-1, Sefolosha 0-2, Ivey 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 56 (Varejao 16), Oklahoma City 50 (Collison 8). AssistsCleveland 11 (M.Williams 4), Oklahoma City 25 (Westbrook 11). Total FoulsCleveland 21, Oklahoma City 26. A18,203 (18,203).

Stoudemire, Knicks roll on 12/12/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 12, 2010 10:00pm]

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