Final Score: New York 114, Orlando 106
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points and added six
rebounds and six assists as the New York Knicks took a 114-106 win over the
J.R. Smith had 18 points and six rebounds, Jason Kidd gave 15 points, eight
boards and seven helpers while Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds
for the Knicks, who have won their past two.
Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo each scored 29 points for the Magic, who have
dropped their past eight games. Nikola Vucevic gave 11 points and 18 rebounds
in the loss.
Orlando was leading by eight points to start the fourth quarter, but the
Knicks chipped away and took a 99-97 advantage on a Smith jumper with just
over five minutes to play.
After Afflalo made a free throw, Anthony drained a jumper and Steve Novak hit
a free throw after Josh McRoberts was called for a technical foul.
Following a Vucevic layup, Anthony made two straight baskets with the second
one giving the team a 106-100 lead with 2:17 remaining. Afflalo countered with
two from the line, but Kidd answered with a 3-pointer and New York held on for
Orlando started the game scored 14 of the first 16 points and used that run to
take a 36-27 lead into the second quarter.
"The first quarter they came out smoking hot," Anthony said. "They made a lot
of shots. The second quarter we buckled down. When it was time to buckle down
and win the basketball game, we did."
New York, though, scored 13 straight points in a big second quarter as the
team took a 59-55 advantage into the halftime break.
Another big swing, this one a 15-5 run from Orlando, in the third quarter gave
the team the lead back as the Magic took an 89-81 edge into the final frame.
"Their ability to get in passing lane, their length, their schemes, it's a
reason why they're playing extremely well and they're one of the best teams in
the league," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of the Knicks.
New York hosts Boston on Monday ... Orlando starts a four-game road trip in
Portland on Monday ... New York has won four straight over Orlando ... New
York scored 23 points off of 14 turnovers by Orlando.
01/06 00:24:00 ET
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