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Stoudemire, Knicks host Nuggets at MSG

Dec 12, 2010 - 4:03 PM (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire and the sizzling New York Knicks will begin a three-game homestand Sunday, when the Denver Nuggets invade historic Madison Square Garden.

Stoudemire has scored 30 or more points in seven straight games to match Willie Naulls' franchise record established back in 1962. He posted 36 points and 10 rebounds in less than 42 minutes of action during Friday's 101-95 road victory in Washington.

Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari netted 16 points apiece for New York, which has won seven straight overall and eight in a row on the road. The Knicks haven't suffered a road defeat since Nov. 16 at Denver and rallied from a double-digit deficit for the third straight game.

"Guys are doing a phenomenal job scoring the ball and making teams stay honest," Stoudemire said. "It's a great accomplishment. It feels good to go on a run like this, but it feels even greater to win."

Stoudemire is averaging 34.4 points on .586 shooting from the field and .879 from the foul line, 11.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.33 blocks during his current 30-point streak.

The Knicks, riding their first seven-game winning streak since Dec. 22, 2000- Jan. 7, 2001, will also host Boston and Miami on the residency and are 5-5 at MSG this season as opposed to their 10-4 road ledger. New York's 15-9 start is its best since 1999-00, when it started with an identical 15-9 mark. It is six games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 campaign.

New York hasn't won eight in a row since Dec. 27, 1994 - Jan. 13, 1995. Guard Raymond Felton is averaging 20.5 points, 8.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.62 steals over the last 13 games. He had 13 points in the recent win in DC.

Denver was able to get head coach George Karl the 1,000th victory of his career with Friday's 123-116 decision in Toronto. Karl joined Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson and Larry Brown as the only NBA head coaches to reach the 1,000-win plateau.

"I felt the build up to it. Now it's time to thank all the people that helped me," Karl said. "A lot of times during an NBA season, the coach and players aren't really connected, they're fighting a lot. This was a moment, not only on the court but in the locker room afterwards, there was a great connection."

Al Harrington poured in a season-high 31 points and pulled down six rebounds for the Nuggets, who were without superstar Carmelo Anthony (right knee) for a second straight game. Anthony is reportedly interested in being traded to the Knicks and still hasn't signed a contract extension with Denver. He can become a free agent this summer and is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Gary Forbes got the start in place of Anthony and registered 15 points and six rebounds in a winning cause. Denver will wrap up a four-game road trip tonight and is 1-2 on the trek, but has won eight of its last 10 contests overall.

The Nuggets sport a 4-7 record away from the Rockies this season. After today's game they will head back home to face Orlando, San Antonio and Minnesota. Denver has won nine in a row at the Pepsi Center.

Denver beat New York, 120-118, back in November out west and has won nine of the past 12 meetings between the teams. Anthony scored 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds in that one.