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Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire performed his good deed early on Christmas, staging a 9:30 a.m. ET breakfast party for a few hundred Madison Square Garden employees forced to work on the holiday.

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"They work here but never get a chance to see the players -- the janitors, cooks, ushers,'' Stoudemire said before Sunday's season-opening, 106-104 victory over the Celtics.

"It was a great opportunity for myself to do something special for them and put smiles on their faces on Christmas."

Stoudemire then put smiles on the faces of Knicks fans with an efficient 21-point performance (8-of-11 shooting) that included six rebounds and two blocks -- one a final-minute rejection of Celtics terror Brandon Bass.

Stoudemire's highlight was draining both of his three-point attempts, tying his career high. During training camp, he bragged about his new three-point prowess, but did not show it much in two preseason games.

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