Marcus Camby lives. Or, in this case, plays — finally.

After failing to get off the bench in the team's last two games, coach Mike Woodson called upon the 6-foot-11 center for nearly 13 minutes of action, a season high. The 38-year-old Camby, in his second stint with the Knicks, didn't attempt a shot, missed two free throws, grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot.

"I'm just trying to show that I belong out there," Camby said after the Knicks improved to 7-1 with a 88-76 victory over the Pacers yesterday. "In the situation that I'm in right now, I just have to be ready whenever coach calls my number.I'm ready to contribute and it's about getting an opportunity."

Woodson shot down the notion Camby isn't playing because of a strained left calf, which kept him out the entire preseason. Lack of practice time has hurt Camby's timing instead, the coach said, and Rasheed Wallace has played so well off the bench.