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D'ANTONI TAKES 5 As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

So when the Knicks host the Pacers tonight at the Garden, coach Mike D'Antoni will trot out the same starting five from Monday night's 117-111 win over the Hornets, after using three different lineups in the team's first four games.

"Until something else pops up, I think were pretty comfortable with what we've got now," D'Antoni said. "I don't want to be too tricky."

Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Chris Duhon and Wilson Chandler have been productive in the first four games. Larry Hughes, whom D'Antoni inserted into the starting lineup this past weekend, had another solid game Monday with 20 points, six rebounds and two assists as the Knicks notched their first win of the season.

Hughes was supposed to be subjected to the Stephon Marbury treatment this season, sitting on the bench, out of the rotation, but he did not complain about his role. D'Antoni has now found a spot for him in the offense.

"I almost didn't get him started, but thank goodness I did [Saturday night], and he continues to perform well," D'Antoni said. "Larry stepped up and did a heck of a job and took advantage of the situation."

Hughes had 18 points, five rebounds and six assists in the Knicks' overtime loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. Hughes said he realizes he is not the star of the team, and that is perfectly fine with him. He just wants to help the Knicks win in any way he can.

"At this point in my career, I don't have to shoot the Basketball and score all the points," Hughes said. "I can rebound and get guys involved, play solid defense and just try and win games."

Hughes and the Knicks will have their hands full with the Pacers' Danny Granger. Granger averaged 26.5 points in the Pacers' first two games, and the Knicks know they have to slow him down.

"Granger is a very good player who has gotten better and better each year," David Lee said. "He is a tough guy to play against, he's made a huge improvement this year and we will have our hands full."

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