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Monday, December 24, 2012
Kidd imparts smarts to Knicks

By Ian Begley

His team was down five early in the fourth quarter of a recent game against the Denver Nuggets, so Mike Woodson's first thought, naturally, was to put the ball in Carmelo Anthony's hands.

But Anthony, the NBA's second-leading scorer, had a different idea.

"I wanted to go through Jason," Anthony said.

And a funny thing happened on the way to another New York Knicks win at the Garden. Jason Kidd turned back the clock, handing out six assists to go with four points, a steal and a rebound in the final minutes to lift the Knicks to a comeback win.

"We were just feeding off of him," Anthony said of his 39-year-old teammate. "Even though he wasn't scoring that much, the playmaking he did made the difference.

If there has been one common theme throughout the Knicks' surprising 20-7 start, it's that Kidd has made a subtle -- but vital -- impact on nearly every win.

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