Amar’e Stoudemire actually was one of the few Knicks who didn’t play badly on the offensive end.

Stoudemire scored seven points in 8:56 as he made his return in the Knicks’ 82-71 loss to the Pacers Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Stoudemire struggled rebounding the ball, collecting two but missing many others as the Pacers dominated the glass. Stoudemire shot 3-of-8 — even making a 3-point shot at the third-quarter buzzer.

Coach Mike Woodson slightly reduced his minutes plan from the 10-to-15 minute edict he made a few days ago. Stoudemire said after the game his max for the playoffs will be 15.

“I feel great as far as my body is concerned,’’ Stoudemire said. “I felt explosive and in better shape than I thought I was.

“My limit is 15 minutes. I played eight minutes tonight. it’s the coach’s decision. No pressure. There’s no pressure in forcing the issue.’’

Stoudemire has not played since March 8 after a second debridement surgery, this on his right knee. When Stoudemire returned Jan. 1 after his first knee debridement surgery, on his left leg, the medical staff set a maximum of 30 minutes.

“Everything I felt comfortable with doing tonight,’’ Stoudemire said.

There were some who did not think Stoudemire would return this season from his second surgery.