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                    === Knicks down Magic for 5-0 start ===
 
 Orlando,  FL  (Sports Network) -  Led by Carmelo  Anthony's 25 points, the New
 York  Knicks  downed the  Orlando  Magic,  99-89,  to  remain the  NBA's  lone
 undefeated team.
 
 Raymond  Felton and J.R. Smith poured in 21 apiece for the Knicks, who are 5-0
 for  the third  time in  team history  and the  first time  since the  1993-94
 season.  Tyson  Chandler added 12 points  and six rebounds for New York, which
 has won each of its games by double digits.
 
 The  Knicks will next put their unblemished mark to the test on Thursday, when
 they face the San Antonio Spurs.
 
 The  Magic, who  have been  plagued by  injuries early  this season,  gave the
 Knicks  perhaps their toughest test through three quarters, but were outscored
 22-13 in the final period.
 
 "It's  tough on  the road, but these  guys played hard" said Knicks head coach
 Mike Woodson. "I thought Orlando played extremely hard. I thought in the third
 and  fourth quarters  our defense came back,  and we've been that way. This is
 the fifth straight game we haven't allowed over 40 points in the second half."
 
 Seven players for Orlando scored in  double figures, with J.J. Reddick leading
 the way with 18 points.
 
 "We  can't afford  to make mistakes, but for  me at the end of this game I was
 pretty  proud of our guys and their effort tonight," Orlando head coach Jacque
 Vaughn  said. "That's  a good ball club on  both ends of the floor and we made
 them earn a win tonight."
 
 Nikola  Vucevic  posted a  double-double with  12 points  and 10 boards, while
 Arron  Afflalo finished with 13 points, five assists and four rebounds for the
 Magic, who have now lost five games in a row.
 
 Still  without  veterans Jameer  Nelson and Hedo  Turkoglu, Orlando showed its
 inexperience  by the  fourth quarter.  New York  forced the  Magic into  seven
 turnovers, which led to half of the Knicks' points in the period.
 
 The  Knicks  began to pull  away after Smith  hit a jumper  to put New York up
 86-80  with 7:12 remaining. Felton then threw an alley-oop to Chandler to give
 the  Knicks a nine-point  cushion and Smith later hit a running jumper to give
 New York its largest lead of the game at 97-84 with 1:29 left to play.
 
 Despite  the  Magic shooting an incredible  71.4 percent in the third quarter,
 the  Knicks held a 77-76 advantage going into the fourth, thanks in large part
 to Felton and Smith.
 
 The  duo combined for 22 of the Knicks' 28 points in the period, as Smith shot
 a  perfect 5-for-5  while  Felton drained  2-of-3 from  downtown  to help  New
 York overcome a 53-49 halftime deficit.
 
 The  Magic outplayed  New York  in the  first half,  especially in  the second
 quarter.  Reddick  and rookie Moe  Harkless each  scored 10 points through the
 first two periods and Orlando did a great job of controlling the paint.
 
 The Magic outscored the Knicks 34-20 inside and outrebounded them 25-16 in the
 first half to help jump out to a 53-49 halftime lead.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Nelson sat for the sixth straight game with a strained right hamstring ... The
 Magic  had 20 turnovers  on the night compared to the Knicks' 9 ... There were
 19 lead changes in the game.
 
 
 
 
 11/14 01:22:14 ET

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