The Knicks trailed 13-3 — which seems kind of improbable when you figure they later led by 50. But, yeah, they were down 10 to the Kings, looking like a Summer Weekend Over-50 Beer League team. So Amar'e Stoudemire arrived off the bench with one thought in mind.

"Dominate," Stoudemire said. "Dominate is the main objective."

Objective accomplished — and then some.

Stoudemire brought offense, defense, energy, hustle, spirit. Add it up and call it domination. The game turned almost immediately and by the end of the first quarter, the Knicks were leading, on their way to a near-record 120-81 laugher.

And Stoudemire was on his way to a near-team record performance. That's what happens when teams try to play him straight up.

"He's doing it inside and outside," coach Mike Woodson said. "He's been great."

Stoudemire, the super sub whose possible starting status is a subject for many, finished the night a perfect 10-of-10 from the floor and scored a season-high 21 points. Only Johnny Newman (at Boston Jan. 6, 1988) and Bernard King (against Chicago, Jan. 19, 1984) were better as both had 11-for-11 games.

"Right now teams just seem like they are just playing him one-on- one," said Carmelo Anthony who scored just nine points in a restful night. "I'm pretty sure he's licking his chops seeing that. I know I would be."