By Peter Botte

During Sunday night’s game, Carmelo Anthony essentially equaled his season-high with 41 minutes (scoring 31 points) after missing the previous two-and-a-half games with painful back spasms. And Amar’e Stoudemire logged nearly 37 minutes, or eight more than he’d played in any of his first 16 appearances.

Both veterans were granted a “recovery day” on Monday, as the Knicks prepared for their second meeting with Brooklyn this season but first at the Garden.

After scoring 19 points over 36:54 on Sunday, Stoudemire is averaging 15.1 points on 65.5% shooting (38-for-58) and eight rebounds over his past seven appearances.

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