NBA Game Summary - Orlando at New York|
(Wednesday, January 30th)
Final Score: New York 113, Orlando 97
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored just enough on
Wednesday to set a franchise record and help the Knicks to victory.
Anthony scored 20 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists as New
York grinded out a 113-97 triumph over the Orlando Magic at Madison Square
Posting his 30th straight game with at least 20 points, Anthony surpassed
Richie Guerin for most consecutive performances in team history.
"Any record that you have a chance to go get, or break or tie, that's the fun
part," said Anthony. "You have a chance to do something like that, tonight was
a chance for me to break the record. It makes it fun out there."
Tyson Chandler added 21 points and seven rebounds, while Amare Stoudemire once
again excelled in his bench role, scoring 14 points on a perfect 7-for-7
shooting. Raymond Felton added 15 points with nine assists in New York's third
win in four games.
JJ Redick scored a game-high 29 points and Jameer Nelson posted 21, but the
struggling Magic dropped their seventh straight and 18th in 20 games.
"It's difficult, losing is not fun," said Redick. "Definitely wears on you,
but there's worse things. You have to keep perspective and stay positive."
For the second straight game, Orlando was without its top scorer in Arron
Afflalo, who sat with a strained calf. The Magic then lost forward Glen Davis
early in the contest with a broken foot.
The Knicks and Magic were tied at the halfway point, but New York took a 79-73
edge into the fourth after posting a 16-10 advantage inside the paint during
Chandler and Stoudemire feasted around the rim to help the Knicks pull away,
as each had three consecutive scores before Pablo Prigioni buried a triple to
create a 75-68 edge.
"Third quarter was great," Stoudemire said. "We played great defensively, we
were able to get a good lead and also capitalize offensively."
The Knicks quickly went ahead by double-digits in the fourth and saw their
advantage balloon to 16 points after J.R. Smith, Anthony, Felton and Steve
Novak each buried a triple in succession.
Anthony surpassed Guerin for most consecutive 20-point games with his shot
from beyond the arc during the 3-point barrage, after which the Magic never
came any closer than 11 points.
Redick came out on fire, making his first six shots. Nelson also got off to a
good start and the two combined for five 3-pointers and 36 of the Magic's
points in the first half to help keep them tied with New York at 51-51 going
into the break.
However, Orlando struggled from long distance in second half, shooting just 1-
for-11 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, New York thrived from beyond the arc,
making nine treys over the final two quarters -- including 7-for-12 in the
The Knicks have won the first three matchups with the Magic this season, and
the last contest between the teams will take place on March 20 in New York
... Jason Kidd did not play for New York, sitting with an ailing back ...
Anthony passed Bob Cousy for 80th place on the all-time scoring list ... The
Magic have the worst record in the NBA since Dec. 21, posting a 2-18 record.
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