Amar’e Stoudemire missed last night’s game with a left ankle sprain, rookie Josh Harrellson made the seamless transition to starting power forward, and the Knicks soared into 2012 with a face-saving 114-92 wire-to-wire rout of the Kings at the Power Balance Pavilion.
Yeah, it was stunning. After a flawless performance when the offense looked more free-flowing without Stoudemire, the Knicks moved back to the .500 mark at 2-2 and salvaged the final game of the three-game California sojourn.
They return to the Garden tomorrow against Toronto, and Stoudemire may or may not be healthy. That might not be the worst thing for this moment, considering how putrid Stoudemire played in the first two games in California that wound up as blowout losses.