The Knicks didn’t practice yesterday which probably didn’t please Tyson Chandler. If you hear the Knicks center talk you would think he views practice time to be almost as valuable as his contract.

When analyzing the Knicks’ 109-105 win over the Warriors Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, Chandler pointed to the two consecutive days of practice on Monday and Tuesday as key to why they were able to start fast against the Warriors and ultimately survive a 54-point explosion by Stephen Curry.

“I think we can attribute that to the great practice we had,” Chandler said. “We really got after it. When we have an opportunity to get practice time like that, it really carries over into the game.”

No doubt Chandler’s career-high 28 rebounds helped as well. It was the latest in a series of dominating performances under the glass by the 7-footer. It was the fourth time this season he has collected 20 or more rebounds, joining the streak of three straight games in early February that tied a franchise record shared by Willis Reed.

“I go into every game trying to figure out how I can make an impact for my team,” Chandler said. “Maybe I could have gotten to 30 [rebounds] if my team could have quieted Steph down a little bit.”

The Knicks play at Washington tonight in what looms as an important road test in the first of what will be a chaotic month of March that will see the Knicks play 18 games. About the only given they can expect is the inside presence of Chandler who in less than two full seasons already has established himself as one of the premiere big men in Knicks history.

He doesn’t have the outside jumper Patrick Ewing had or the body of a Bill Cartwright or the overall game of Reed. But his leadership, his intensity on the court and his consistency in the post is the foundation of this Knicks team. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire might have bigger names and more All-Star appearances, but it’s Chandler who fuels the Knicks engine.