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Stoudemire returning to elite level

STAT has a newfound energy, and has the Knicks looking like a legit contender

Updated: March 22, 2012, 2:25 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

PHILADELPHIA -- It seems like a lifetime or two ago when Amare Stoudemire slipped on that fresh cap, accepted the challenge that sent LeBron James fleeing to South Beach and announced to New York something more stunning than a Tim Tebow trade to the Jets.

"The Knicks are back," he said.

He was reminded of those first words after the Knicks punctuated a long, crazy day in New York sports with a decisive victory in Philly over the first-place Sixers. Stoudemire was sitting at his locker ...

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