Woodson coaches All-Stars if Heat lose

February, 3, 2013
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Mike Woodson has vacation plans for All-Star weekend. But he might have to cancel them.

The Knicks are 30-15 and are tied with the Heat for first place in the Eastern Conference. If Miami loses to Toronto on Sunday afternoon, Woodson will coach the East's All-Star team on Feb. 17 in Houston.

Tyson Chandler, a first-time All-Star himself, would like to see Woodson get the nod.

[+] EnlargeMike Woodson and Carmelo Anthony
Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesWill Mike Woodson get to join Carmelo Anthony in Houston for the All-Star Game?
"I want him to cancel (his vacation)," Chandler said. "He can find a golf course in Houston."

For what it's worth, Woodson doesn't seem too concerned about getting to coach the team. He said he's focused on the Knicks' No. 1 goal: winning a title.

"I'm not going to sit and watch their game tomorrow," Woodson said Saturday, referring to Heat-Raptors. "If it happens, it happens.

"It would be an honor to go and coach the best players in the world. But again, if it doesn't happen, I'll take two or three days off and kind of take it easy and reflect on the first half of the season and try and get ready for the stretch run."

Chandler and Carmelo Anthony are representing the Knicks on the team.

There's a chance that Steve Novak will be named to the 3-point contest and James White will be added to the dunk contest.

The Eastern Conference All-Star team captain is Dwyane Wade, who played with Novak at Marquette and has recommended Novak and White for the respective competitions. The NBA decides who will ultimately compete.

"It's good to have (Wade) on my side," Novak said. "Hopefully we can get that done."

THE BIG 2-0: In his 12-year career, Chandler had never had 20 rebounds on back-to-back nights. In the Knicks' Friday night win over the Bucks, the center had nine points and 20 rebounds, and on Saturday night, he put up 11 points and 20 boards.

Marcus Camby was the last Knick to accomplish that feat, during the 2001-02 season.

"I think I've done it a week or so, but never back-to-back, so it's a special moment for myself individually," said Chandler, whose eight offensive rebounds were three more than the entire Kings team. "I've been very aggressive on the offensive and defensive end, trying to limit them defensively to one shot and then get extra shots for my teammates."

Chandler had an unusual moment in the first quarter on Saturday night, when he took off for an alley-oop finish -- but he didn't quite get to the basket. He caught the ball in mid-air from Raymond Felton, but he clanked it off the front rim.

"Back-to-back legs," Chandler said, smiling. "I was working hard, but obviously wasn't finishing. But luckily, we got out to a good lead, so I was able to have a laugh with my teammates. But it's frustrating whenever you miss those kinds of buckets."

NUMBERS GAME: The Knicks had as season-high 34 assists against the Kings. .... The 39-point win was the Knicks' largest margin of victory since a 42-point win against Portland on March 14, 2012. ... The franchise record for margin of victory is 48. ... The Knicks are 29-7 in the regular season at home under Mike Woodson.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
19.5 4.5 0.5 31.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsQ. Acy 8.0
AssistsJ. Smith 5.0
StealsS. Larkin 3.0
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.5