5 Takeaways: How The Knicks Build On Lessons Learned Out West

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By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)

A five-game road trip through some of the most imposing venues in the Western Conference would be challenging for any team -- good or bad, healthy or hobbled. 

At the top of the Atlantic Division, the Knicks certainly qualify as "good," and their performance against the Jazz right before they headed west -- they won 113-84 without Carmelo Anthony or Amar'e Stoudemire -- showed what they are capable of at less-than-full strength. 

But as we know, injuries went from sidenotes to a headlines on the trip. In addition to Stoudemire, Melo and Tyson Chandler (who also dealt with a neck injury that will keep him out another week, it turns out) joined the inactive list for the final thee games. 

The record says 1-4, but we saw some positive signs from the team, especially once they adjusted to playing without their two All-Stars. Last night's win against the Magic provided confirmation that in the face of adversity, the Knicks can adapt.

Here are five things we saw on the road trip that manifested themselves in last night's win.

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