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- The Knicks (11-4) are 6-0 this year at Madison Square Garden. The last time the Knicks began 6-0 at home was 1992-93, when they finished 60-22 overall. They last won 50 games in 1999-2000. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said the goal remains the Atlantic Division title: “We play in this division, why not try to win it?”
- Jason Kidd (back spasms) remains out at the starting shooting guard spot for the Knicks but hopes to return for the upcoming three-game road trip beginning Wednesday in Charlotte. “He’s back out on the floor shooting, but when his return is expected I don’t know at this point,” Woodson said.
- Marcus Camby (sore left foot) is also out.
- The Knicks will start Raymond Felton, Ronnie Brewer, Carmelo Anthony, Kurt Thomas and Tyson Chandler.
- Woodson spent Saturday evening watching Southern Methodist coach Larry Brown beat Hofstra on Long Island. Woodson was an assistant on the Brown-coached Detroit Pistons team that won the 2004 NBA championship. Brown, 72, is also a former Knicks coach. “His team is off to a great start, they’re 8-1, so he’s doing something right,” Woodson said.
- For the Suns, Channing Frye (enlarged heart) is out. Point guard Kendall Marshall was recently sent to the NBA D-League.
- Suns guard Sebastian Telfair returns to New York, where he starred at Brooklyn Lincoln High School, winning three New York public league titles.
– Adam Zagoria