Stoudemire Sits, but a Rookie and a Veteran Stand Tall

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The Knicks were in midair somewhere over California’s central valley when physics and physiology conspired against them.

Amar’e Stoudemire’s sprained ankle swelled at 30,000 feet Friday afternoon, forcing a sudden shift in the Knicks’ identity. Stoudemire, the high-flying rim bender, was out. Josh Harrellson, the stout rookie jump-shooter, was in. New Year’s Eve had just become more interesting.

It also proved eye-opening.

Harrellson produced a double-double in his first N.B.A. start, and Tyson Chandler became the Knicks’ surprise clutch scorer Saturday night as the Knicks rolled to a 114-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

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Stoudemire Sits, but a Rookie and a Veteran Stand Tall