The booming chants were for Amare Stoudemire.

Maybe the New York Knicks have the only superstar they need.

"Sky's the limit," Stoudemire said. "It's just a matter of us continuing to improve."

Stoudemire scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, Wilson Chandler made the tiebreaking three-pointer with 30 seconds left, and the Knicks beat the visiting Denver Nuggets 129-125 yesterday for their first eight-game winning streak in 16 years.

Stoudemire also set a franchise record with his eighth straight 30-point game.

Winning for the 13th time in 14 games, the Knicks have won eight straight for the first time since Dec. 27, 1994-Jan. 13, 1995.

The Knicks seemed to be going nowhere when a 120-118 loss in Denver on Nov. 16 dropped them to 3-8. But they have lost just once since thanks mostly to Stoudemire, who was serenaded with "MVP! MVP!" chants in the final minute of yesterday's game.

"They look like a totally different team right now," Denver's Carmelo Anthony said.

Chandler scored 27 points, and Raymond Felton had 19 points and a season-high 17 assists. Anthony had 31 points and 13 rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing two games with an inflamed right knee.

In other games:

At Newark, N.J., Kobe Bryant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half and had two assists in a late eight-point run that led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Lamar Odom had 22 points and Pau Gasol a 15-point, 11-rebound effort. Brook Lopez had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who have lost seven straight and nine of 11.

* At San Antonio, George Hill scored 22 points and the Spurs became the NBA's first 20-game winner with a 95-78 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Tim Duncan played in his 1,000th career regular-season game but with little fanfare. He had eight points and 13 rebounds in 27 minutes.

* At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 25 points to lead the Thunder to a 106-77 blowout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

* At Los Angeles, Dwight Howard scored 22 points as the Orlando Magic rode a 21-point first-quarter lead to a 94-85 win over the Clippers.