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By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - This is how the New York Knicks used to play, before the franchise tumbled into mediocrity and misery.
The superstar wants to be more than just a scorer. The role players are committed to being good defenders and better teammates. The old guys play the game with an old-school mentality. The coach holds everyone accountable for stopping his man, no matter who he is.
Yes, these Knicks are doing everything it takes to be a contender.
Coach Mike Woodson says the Knicks are ``playing for something.'' They're doing it with hard-nosed defense and unselfish play, which was once a winning formula in New York but one the Knicks got away from during their dismal decade.
The Knicks are 7-1, their best start since winning their first seven games in 1993-94.

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