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By JOSH NEWMAN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK —  The Knicks may be losers of three of their last four and five of their last eight, but at 21-10, they have a healthy five-game lead in the Atlantic Division and are just one game behind the Miami Heat for first place in the Eastern Conference.

One of the surprises during the first half of the NBA season, the Knicks were able to accomplish what they did over the first 30 games without Amar’e Stoudemire, who made his season debut on Tuesday in a 105-100 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Stoudemire missed the first 30 games of the season after left knee surgery in the preseason.

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