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STAT beginning to show some bounce

1/12/2014
Amar'e Stoudemire has had much to smile about over the past five games. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA -- Amar'e Stoudemire played above the rim against the Sixers, throwing down three monstrous dunks on his way to 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting in the Knicks' 102-92 win in Philly.

"He's getting his power back and he's getting his confidence back," Carmelo Anthony said. "I think when he plays like that and we start believing in him a little bit more, he's only going to get better."

Stoudemire has been pretty strong of late, scoring 35 points over his past 49 minutes of playing time.

In his past five games, Stoudemire is averaging a solid 10 points in 23 minutes.

"It’s just coming together as a whole. I’m feeling great," Stoudemire said.

No one knew quite what to expect from Stoudemire coming into the season, but expectations were pretty low. Stoudemire was coming off of a knee procedure over the summer -- his third in a 10-month span -- and the Knicks were limiting him to just 10 minutes per game.

Now, though, the minutes limit is gone and Stoudemire is putting up solid numbers. And Anthony's impressed.

"He's had so many injuries over the past couple of years. That could mess you up mentally, and I think it bothered him for a long period of time mentally," Anthony said. "So now he's just starting to bounce back, get his confidence back and his legs and his game. We're supporting him."

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