Baron Davis gave the Knicks 25 productive minutes against Orlando on Wednesday night.
But there was a point in the second quarter when he thought his night might end early.
“I was talking to the trainers. They were telling me, ‘Maybe this is not the game to try and push through and fight through.’ I was just determined,” Davis said.
The veteran guard played with the pain in his right hamstring to score 11 points, grab seven rebounds and hand out six assists in the Knicks win over the Magic.
Carmelo Anthony played through the pain of a strained right groin on Wednesday night.
“I felt it at times out there on the court. Just one of them things that hopefully will go away soon,” Anthony said after scoring 25 points in 26 minutes in the Knicks’ win over Orlando.
Anthony will get treatment on the injury Thursday. There is no indication that the injury will keep him from playing Friday in Atlanta. But he may have to play through the pain again.
Before there was ever Linsanity, the Knicks had another lesser-known point guard who was a surprise off the bench and helped lead the team to a winning streak.
That would be Iman Shumpert, who, after two solid games as a reserve in early January, was called up to be the starter. From there, the Knicks won their next three games.
While the rookie couldn’t maintain an extended winning streak — the Knicks lost their next six games — he was already making a name for himself with his on-the-ball defense, aggressiveness driving to the basket and explosive dunks.
Two weeks ago, the Knicks were six games under .500, looking like an afterthought in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
They’ll wake up Thursday morning just 2 1/2 games out of first place in the Atlantic Division and with a comfortable lead in the eighth spot in the East.
How did they get here? Just ask the man behind the makeover.
“It’s been our defense that’s put us in this position,” Mike Woodson said after the Knicks held the Magic to 86 points in a blowout win.
The Knicks won for the eighth time in nine games, improving their record to 26-25, even as Amar’e Stoudemire recovered from a bulging disk in his back and Jeremy Lin nursed a knee injury.
A bulging disk is expected to keep forward Amar’e Stoudemire out of action for at least several of the Knicks’ final 15 regular season games.
Point guard Deron Williams scored 30 points in the victory over the Indiana Pacers, but Shelden Williams and Jordan Williams both left the game injured.
Blake Griffin threw down three dunks in a 1:40 span late in the fourth quarter and had 27 points and 14 rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 103-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Marco Belinelli had 22 points and six assists, Jarrett Jack added 20 points and nine assists and the New Orleans Hornets earned a rare victory by routing the Golden State Warriors 102-87 on Wednesday night in a matchup of shorthanded teams out of the playoff chase.
Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Sacramento Kings 117-112 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.
Deron Williams had 30 points and nine assists and injury-ravaged New Jersey beat the Indiana Pacers 100-84 Wednesday night in a game the Nets finished with eight healthy players.
Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 14 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 94-82 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Luol Deng scored 22 points and led a flurry of 3-pointers as the NBA-leading Chicago Bulls won another game on the road, blowing out the Atlanta Hawks 98-77 on Wednesday night.
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks climbed above .500 for the first time since mid-January in overwhelming fashion, scoring 21 straight points in the third quarter and routing the Orlando Magic 108-86 on Wednesday night.
Andrea Bargnani scored 26 points, Jose Calderon had 10 points and 10 assists and the Toronto Raptors snapped a nine-game losing streak against Denver, beating the Nuggets 105-96 Wednesday night.
Kevin Love is playing so well this month he’s beginning to garner MVP consideration.
Tayshaun Prince matched a season high with 29 points and rookie Brandon Knight added 16 to help the Detroit Pistons beat Cleveland 87-75 on Wednesday night, handing the Cavaliers their fifth straight loss.
The Orlando Magic’s coach did not hesitate when asked if the University of Kentucky could compete against an N.B.A. team.
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The Knicks are now 8-1 under Mike Woodson and improved to 26-25 overall. Except for a minor slip up in Toronto, they have been nearly flawless under the new head coach and a revitalized All Star small forward.
Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t ready to give up on the season just yet. The Knicks announced Tuesday that Stoudemire, a six-time All Star forward, will be out “approximately 2 to 4 weeks” with a bulging back disc.