Woodson said he already has plans to be someplace warm during All-Star weekend, but those plans may have to be altered. The coaches whose teams have the best winning percentage through Sunday’s games earn the All-Star nods, and the Knicks would be a half-game ahead of Miami if the Heat lose in Toronto on Sunday afternoon.
‘‘If it’s meant to be, it’s going to happen,’’ Woodson said.
At 30-15, the Knicks have 30 wins before the break for the first time since the 1996-97 season, when they were 32-13 after 45 games.
‘‘We felt like we had a great team, a team with a lot of possibilities in training camp and we have to stick by it,’’ Chandler said. ‘‘It’s a long journey for us but we have the potential to be special.’’
NOTES: Children from the Newtown, Conn. choir sang the national anthem before the game as the Knicks welcomed the big group from Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Knicks organization on Tuesday visited Newtown, where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at the school in December. The team hosted the ‘‘Knicks Family Fun Day’’ for 400 children and their families at Newtown Youth Academy. ‘‘They got hit hard and they’re still trying to recover from it. So to be able to go down and touch those kids and talk to parents, and them being able to come up here and watch us play, I think it’s pretty special,’’ Woodson said. ‘‘I don’t care what community you live in or where you go and visit, man, you hate to see a community going through something like that, especially when you’re dealing with young kids. A lot of those kids never had a chance.’’