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Knicks 114, Nets 106

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Wilson Chandler looked sharp as a starter, and the Knicks' second unit managed just fine without him.

And it could be really good when he rejoins it.

Chandler scored 22 points in his first start of the preseason, and New York got strong play from its reserve guards in a 114-106 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night.

Looking increasingly comfortable running new coach Mike D'Antoni's system, the Knicks made 12 3-pointers and shot 50 percent in their second straight exhibition victory. They were especially impressive in the latter stages of the first and third quarters, when Nate Robinson and Stephon Marbury came off the bench to play with Chandler.

"Nate is an energetic player and Marbury's a scorer, so we can't lose with that lineup," Chandler said. "I just play off them. They're going to get all the looks, so when they're double-teamed or they're focusing more on them, I'm open."

Robinson led the Knicks with 26 points, including a floater with 1:46 remaining after the Nets had trimmed New York's huge lead to four. Marbury had nine points on 3-of-3 shooting and six assists in just 16 minutes.

"I thought Nate Robinson was tremendous. Chandler was very good for them early," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "They have a lot of shooting on the floor. Mike has done a phenomenal job. They brought a lot of energy, they're really sharing the ball."

Normally the backup small forward, Chandler slid over to the power forward spot to replace David Lee, who has a sprained right ankle. Chandler was 10-of-15 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds.

Lee is expected to play Tuesday against Boston. D'Antoni didn't want to use Lee on back-to-back nights.

Missing a number of reserves, the Nets couldn't keep pace when the top subs were in. New Jersey trailed by only four midway through the third quarter, but Chandler and Marbury keyed a 16-2 spurt that made it 91-73 three minutes later.

"We're the energy group so we've got to bring energy ... to help this team get to the next level," Robinson said.

Devin Harris scored 21 points for New Jersey, still winless this preseason in North America. The Nets swept a pair of games from Miami in Europe, but has lost all three games on home soil. Top draft pick Brook Lopez, playing extra minutes with fellow center Josh Boone out, had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Vince Carter scored 13 points.

"I believe in this team and I'm going to continue to believe in this team," Carter said.

Boone felt a rapid heartbeat at practice last Friday and is being held out until additional testing Wednesday. New Jersey also was without other potential key members of its rotation, including Keyon Dooling (upper respiratory infection), Jarvis Hayes (strained left hamstring), Eduardo Najera (left wrist) and Stromile Swift (back).

Robinson made all four shots, including three 3-pointers, and scored 11 points in 5 minutes of the first quarter, when the Knicks hit 62.5 percent and built a 36-29 lead. Robinson's four-point play early in the second extended the lead to 14, and New York led 67-58 at halftime.

Quentin Richardson scored 15 points for the Knicks. Chris Duhon had 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Eddy Curry, formerly the Knicks' starting center but now seemingly buried deep on D'Antoni's bench, made his first field goal of the preseason in the first quarter. Curry fell behind after missing the first week of practice with a bacterial infection and had played in only two of the first four games.

The teams meet again Friday night at Madison Square Garden in the preseason finale.

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