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In Thursday night’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the New York Knicks veteran Evan Fournier played 17 minutes, scoring 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting. 

“I’ve just tried to stay present this whole time. It was a lot easier to play than to actually sit on the bench and watch the guys play,” said Fournier who played for the first time since Nov. 13. “Basically, the way I treated it when I first got benched, was just to stay ready. … Today I felt like I needed to be ready, just in case.”