By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
MAGIC 129, KNICKS 121 | AMWAY CENTER
How it Happened:
They had their chances, but the Knicks weren't able to hold off the young Magic to pull out a win in Orlando tonight. After leading by 14 points at one point in the 4th quarter, they battled through two overtimes, but fell short against an attack led by guards Victor Oladipo (30 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds) and Arron Afflalo (32 points).
Despite 44 points and 11 rebounds from Carmelo Anthony and a handful of clutch buckets from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Raymond Felton toward the end of regulation and both overtimes. For three quarters, the Knicks shot 53 percent from the floor, but as the shots stopped falling down the stretch, they weren't able to hold off the Magic's constant forways into the lane, where Orlando converted 54 points on the evening.
Six players scored in double figures for the Knicks in a wild, back-and-forth marathon, and the pick and roll tandem of Raymond Felton (15 points, eight assists) and Tyson Chandler (14 points, 11 rebounds) put pressure on the defense all night long.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony kept the Knicks in the game all night. He connected on 6-of-10 shots from downtown, which helped open things up for his teammates.
The Knicks complete this grueling set of four games in five nights with an Eastern Conference test in Atlanta tomorrow.