NEW YORK -- Here are a few observations from the first half of Wednesday's game:
Stoudemire strong: The Knicks took control on Wednesday with a 19-0 second-quarter run fueled by Amar'e Stoudemire.
Stoudemire, playing both games of a back-to-back for the first time this season, had 10 points in 12 minutes to lead New York in the second quarter.
He also blocked a shot, drew a charge and caused two turnovers.
Mike Woodson would be wise to be cautious with Stoudemire's minutes in the second half. The last time Stoudemire played both games of a back-to-back, he ended up needing arthroscopic surgery to repair a knee injury.
Stoudemire played 13:18 in the first half.
K-Mart conquers: Kenyon Martin is in the lineup Wednesday after missing the past two games with left-ankle soreness.
Martin seemed to be hobbled or winded at different points in the first half but had an incredible sequence late in the second quarter, blocking three shots in a 13-second span and diving for a loose ball.
Martin led a stout effort by the Knicks' defense. New York held Chicago to 29 percent shooting in the first half and forced them into 12 turnovers.
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