NEW YORK -- Landry Fields has his starting job back after a one-game experiment using the backcourt alignment of two point guards, Chauncey Billups and Toney Douglas, in Saturday night's loss to the Bobcats.
Douglas will come off the bench in tonight's game against the Orlando Magic, and coach Mike D'Antoni also is starting Shawne Williams in a small lineup that will likely match Amare Stoudemire against Dwight Howard.
D'Antoni said he wants to string together two or three wins before any particular starting lineup will have any traction. Prior to the Charlotte game, he used a starting five of Billups, Fields, Carmelo Anthony, Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf for three consecutive games.
Fields started the Knicks' first 72 games, and was a second-half starter Saturday along with Shelden Williams after New York surrendered 64 points in the first half to the Bobcats, the NBA's second-lowest scoring team.
Turiaf sat out the game in Charlotte with a sore ankle.
For the Magic, Jameer Nelson (sprained knee) was out, as were J.J. Redick (abdominal strain) and Quentin Richardson (back spasms).
Gilbert Arenas started in Nelson's place, his first appearance in the starting lineup in his 45 games with the Magic. (Arenas' high game with Orlando is 22 points Dec. 28 against Cleveland, 10 days after the Magic acquired him in the Rashard Lewis trade).