NBA Game Summary - Orlando at New York
(Sunday, April 6th)
Final Score: New York 100, Orlando 90
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Rookie Wilson Chandler posted a career-high 23 points as the New York Knicks picked up a rare 100-90 victory over the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.
Chandler also pulled down eight rebounds to help the Knicks halt a five-game losing streak. Zach Randolph recorded his 38th double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 boards, while David Lee and Fred Jones chipped in 13 points apiece. Lee also corralled nine boards, four of which came on the offensive end.
Orlando, the Southeast Division champion, is still firmly entrenched in the third slot of the Eastern Conference standings. Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic in scoring with 22 points, and Jameer Nelson added 19.
Dwight Howard logged his league-leading 66th double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 15 caroms, while Rashard Lewis was held to six points on 2-of-12 shooting from the floor.
In the fourth, the Magic's Keyon Dooling nailed a jumper with 8:33 left in the game to make it a two-point Knicks advantage. Jones answered with a three- pointer, and consecutive Chandler layups, the first coming off a Lee offensive board, pushed New York ahead, 80-71 with less than six minutes left.
"I felt comfortable today," Chandler said. "I just played with confidence."
Three minutes later New York's Nate Robinson drained a three-pointer off a Turkoglu errant three-point attempt, and the lead swelled to 89-76.
The Knicks made their last seven free throws to secure the win.
"It was our worst game of the year by far," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We stunk on offense. We stunk on defense. We stunk on the boards. It was a terrible night."
Orlando and New York switched roles in the first and second quarters. The Magic hit just five field goals in the first quarter and New York took a 26-12 lead.
In the second, the Knicks struggled from the floor, hitting just seven field goals. With the Knicks off the mark, Orlando crept back into the game. A 15-2 run to begin the quarter brought Orlando within a single point, and New York took a 41-40 lead into the locker room.
After seeing their large lead dissipate, the Knicks turned to the post to retake the lead. Trailing, 47-46 with nine minutes left in the third, Randolph scored seven straight Knicks points and New York never looked back.
Maurice Evans dropped in two layups and a three-pointer to keep Orlando within striking distance, as New York took a 65-61 lead into the fourth.
Orlando is 25-14 on the road this season, while New York is just 14-24 at home...The Knicks had lost 10 of their last 11...The Magic, who hit 9-of-36 from three-point range, have recorded at least five three-pointers in 76 consecutive games...Evans scored 16 points for the Magic, while the Knicks' Robinson and Jamal Crawford chipped in 12 and 11, respectively...The Magic's 12 first-quarter points were the fewest allowed by the Knicks in a quarter this season...Orlando sunk just 17-of-29 from the free throw line, while New York hit 27-of-35.
04/07 00:38:51 ET