Notebook: Knicks 106, Magic 94

Posted Mar 20, 2013 10:45 PM

By Adam Zagoria, for

THE FACTS: Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup after a three-game hiatus due to a knee ailment and notched 21 points and eight rebounds as the Knicks won their second straight, beating the Orlando Magic 106-94 Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

J.R. Smith added 22 points off the bench on a night in which everything wasn't rosy for New York (40-26), though. The Knicks, who are already without four injured frontcourt players, got more bad injury news when Iman Shumpert, who started at small forward, tweaked his surgically-repaired left knee and did not play the second half. He finished with seven points in 14 minutes.

The young Magic (18-51) feature four New York natives and several played well. Tobias Harris scored 14 points, Kyle O'Quinn had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Moe Harkless added 11 points and six boards. The Magic were without Nikola Vucevic (illness).

QUOTABLE: "It feels good [to have Anthony back]. "He's our leader and we need him. We're just waiting on a few more guys to get back and we'll be alright."

-- J.R. Smith in his on-court interview

THE STAT: The Knicks went 15-for-34 (44 percent) from the arc, with Anthony going 3-for-5. The Magic shot 5-for-17 (29 percent).

TURNING POINT: After Orlando closed to within 51-46 at the half, the Knicks outscored them 32-19 in the third to take a commanding 83-65 lead after three. Anthony and Smith scored seven points apiece in the third.

QUOTABLE II: "He could've played, but I elected to hold him until he's seen by the doctors tomorrow. I think he's gonna be OK."

-- Knicks coach Mike Woodson on Shumpert

HOT: In his first start at MSG for the Magic, Harris, a Long Island native, went for 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting. A second-year forward obtained from Milwaukee, Harris entered averaging 14.1 points and 9.0 rebounds in his last five starts for the Magic.

NOT: Jameer Nelson went 2-for-7 for six points for the Magic.

QUOTABLE III: "Keep attacking the basket. It's been working lately, and that's what I'm going to keep doing."

-- J.R. Smith

NOTABLE: Tyson Chandler remains out for what Woodson called "a few games" with a small bulging disc. Amar'e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace are down for extended periods with injuries, and Kurt Thomas is out 2-4 weeks with a stress reaction in his right foot. Without all those bigs, Woodson started Kenyon Martin alongside Anthony and Shumpert in the frontcourt, with Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton in the backcourt. The Knicks recently signed Martin for the rest of the season and Woodson said "Somebody would've picked him up for the playoff run. ... Kenyon's a nice piece so we just gotta keep him healthy so he can help us." Woodson said he and GM Glen Grunwald don't have any moves planned. "Our team as it stands today is what it is," he said. "We have to try to get Kurt and Rasheed back [for the playoffs]."

QUOTABLE IV: "That's our goal [to win the division]. ... That's a goal we set at the beginning of the season at training camp and it's still there. As of right now we are still where we belong and we just have to take care of business down the stretch."

--Carmelo Anthony on the Knicks winning the Atlantic Division

QUOTABLE V: "I thought he was great. He only played 32 minutes. ... For him to play 32 and get 21 and eight and we win, I think it was positive night for him."

-- Mike Woodson on Anthony

INSIDE THE ARENA: Knicks fan, actor and famed New Yorker John Leguizamo sat courtside.

UP NEXT: For the Knicks, Friday @ Toronto, Saturday vs. Toronto, Tuesday @ Boston. For the Magic, Friday vs. Oklahoma City, Monday vs. Miami, Wednesday @ Charlotte.