Whether it was the previous night’s game against Golden State, or the late night plane ride to New York, the Orlando Magic lost their intensity on Friday night. The Knicks took advantage of a lackluster Magic team and spanked Orlando 108-95 on Friday night in Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks took control early in the game and then cruised the rest of the way to easily dispose of Orlando. The Magic took a 9-4 lead less than three minutes into the game, but a 9-0 run put the Knicks into a lead they would not relinquish.
They took a 32-23 lead after the first period and poured it on the second. Kristaps Porzingis shot New York into a 40-29 lead less than three minutes into the second quarter. They lead would not get under 10 for the rest of the game. It was 62-44 at halftime.
The Knicks took their biggest lead at 70-46 with 9:30 left in the third period. Orlando’s mini-run narrowed the gap to 82-69 entering the fourth quarter.
New York stretched the lead to 20 again with 9:30 remaining in the game. They coasted to the finish with reserves on the court.
After being taken out by a 51-point effort by Stephen Curry the night before, Orlando succumbed to a balanced attack by the Knicks. Seven New York players scored in double figures led by Carmelo Anthony with 19 points and Porzingis with 18. Three others had 14.
Nikola Vucevic paced the Magic with 18 points followed by Aaron Gordon with 17. Victor Oladipo chipped in 16.
Orlando had difficulty defending without fouling, causing a huge free throw differential. While the Magic made two more baskets than the Knicks, New York made 30 of 36 free throws to 11 of 16 for Orlando.
“We just couldn’t get anything going. We couldn’t get stops,” said Oladipo. “Credit them, they played well.”
The Magic fell to 25-32 on the season. They return home on Sunday to face the 8-50 Philadelphia 76ers.