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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Halftime Report: Knicks 46, Bulls 32

By Ian Begley

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.

Beat-a-Bulls: Without Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng and Derrick Rose, the Bulls offense has been putrid.

The backcourt of Kirk Hinrich and Tony Snell is a combined 1-for-9 with five points in 37 minutes.

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