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Knicks Best With Amar'e Coming Off Bench

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One 3-pointer after another rained down and landed in the basket, and with each successive launch, the Garden fans rose to their feet. In this weird NBA season, this nationally televised showdown between the rival Knicks and Celtics turned into a shooting contest.

The Knicks won, not as easily as they should have, but they had fun doing it. It was a party vibe, a pleasant surprise for the patrons in loosened ties and rolled-up shirtsleeves stopping by on their way home from work on the island of Manhattan. To be honest, with all those threes going down -- eight for Steve Novak and seven for J.R. Smith, who combined for 50 points -- the building sort of felt the way it did that first ...

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