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.
Like Carmelo Anthony did for his groin injury, Davis spent time riding a stationary bike when he wasn't in the game to keep loose.
"It was just really frustrating and tight and sore at the same time," Davis said of his hamstring, which forced him out of the lineup for two games earlier this month. "I just kind of gutted it out."
Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas combined to play 23 minutes in place of Davis, but Mike Woodson said earlier Wednesday that Davis isn't in the proper physical condition to log heavy minutes.
"It's hard to try to play three point guards but I've got to try to figure that out as a coach as we go along," Woodson said.
New York needed minutes out of Davis because Jeremy Lin was out for the second straight game with a sore left knee.
Lin's status for Friday is uncertain so Davis may start against the Hawks.
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