Five Takeaways: Knicks Defense Falters In Charlotte

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Vintage Amar'e

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Amar'e Stoudemire's performance was the silver lining in this tough game. Amar'e scored 17 points on 10 shots using a variety of offensive talents. We saw pick-and-rolls, monster slams and smooth mid-range shooting from Stoudemire.
 
He kept the defense off balance, which led to him getting fouled numerous times and being awarded five free throws, of which he made all five. Amar'e has looked very strong since Christmas and he has brought much needed consistency off the bench for New York.
 
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