ORL 115, NYK 103: Hot Shooting Carries Magic to Road Win Over Knicks
How It Happened:
Carmelo Anthony, Courtney Lee, and Kyle O’Quinn were back in action on Monday night after missing Saturday’s game in Houston, which is the good news. The bad news is New York was still shorthanded, missing its second-leading scorer and second-year standout Kristaps Porzingis. Without one of their primary weapons, the Knicks could not contain a red-hot Orlando team that scored 67 first half points on 51 percent shooting from the floor and 60 percent behind the arc. The Magic built an eight-point lead at the break and created significant space midway through the fourth quarter with a 15-point advantage. Jodie Meeks led Orlando with 23 points and Aaron Gordon and Serge Ibaka posted 22 apiece in the 115-103 road win to tie the season series at 1-1.
Knick of the Night:
Derrick Rose was efficient by hitting 8-of-15 of his attempts from the floor in an 18-point performance.
Anthony dropped 19 points, Joakim Noah grabbed 10 rebounds, Lee recorded 14 points, and Brandon Jennings added 12 off the pine.
News and Notes:
Head coach Jeff Hornacek said he does not believe Porzingis’ Achilles issue is serious after consulting with team doctors. Courtney Lee returned to the lineup tonight from a three-game absence as he was dealing with a sore wrist during the last road trip. Kyle O’Quinn also returned to the floor, fully recovered from flu-like symptoms suffered in Houston.
Orlando connected on 48 percent behind the arc, tallied a total of 35 assists and only committed 12 turnovers in the victory.
The Knicks will have a day of prep before hosting the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at MSG.