Amar'e Stoudemire isn't going to improve the Knicks defensively regardless of how often he talks about it and no matter how many times Mike Woodson demands of it from the veteran forward.

Stoudemire's strength is, and has always been, his ability to score and Wednesday night he conjured up images of his first season in New York and showed that he can still be prolific in the paint and the consistent second option the Knicks will need come playoff time.

"Amar'e," Tyson Chandler says, "has been a huge threat for us on the block."

Against a woeful Orlando Magic club, Stoudemire made all seven shots he attempted, finishing with 14 points in 21 minutes as the Knicks cruised to a 113-97 victory. Stoudemire, who missed the first two months of the season following knee surgery, has now reached double figures in seven straight games and is shooting 37-for-57 over that stretch.

"My work I put in over the summer is paying off now," said Stoudemire, who enlisted the help of Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon in workouts. "I feel great offensively. Defense is my main focus. Offense is going to come over time and experience. Defense is where I am looking to improve."

The Knicks continue to struggle on the defensive end, and Woodson even called out Iman Shumpert for his poor play. The undermanned Magic scored 31 first-quarter points and was within striking distance until the Knicks began pulling away in the final nine minutes. The Magic still shot 49%, with J.J. Redick and Jameer Nelson scoring 29 and 21 points, respectively.

The Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler front line has been productive, but Woodson won't fully commit to that lineup because as a group they struggle defensively. Instead, as long as the Knicks are winning, Woodson will continue to use Stoudemire, a former All-Star, as a reserve.

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