TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+
  • OPINION | WASHINGTON, D.C. (FNN NEWS) - Melania Trump Dreams of a Very Red Christmas | Photo: @FLOTUS/Twitter

FNN NEWS VIDEO COVERAGE

The Orlando Magic Close Homestand With a Victory

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – In the last two home games, the Orlando Magic could not find ways to score the basketball, but on Wednesday night they finally got back their scoring ways. Nikola Vucevic’s 24 points led the Magic to a 112-99 victory over the New York Knicks.

In a game where the Knicks’ best player, Kristaps Porzingis, was held out due to elbow and finger injuries, the Magic spread the floor in order keep Knicks starting center Enes Kanter out of the game. Vucevic shot 9 for 16 from the floor and knocked down 3 three-pointers in the effort. Aaron Gordon chipped in with 21 points and went 4 for 6 from deep as well. Orlando finished 13 for 28 as a team from deep and four of the five starters hit at least two (Elfrid Payton was the only starter who did not hit one.).

The Knicks, who had won their previous three games including two of them with fourth quarter comebacks, could not pull this one out without Porzingis. Jonathon Simmons scored 11 of his 16 points in the early part of fourth quarter to keep the Knicks at bay. Simmons at one point had three possessions in the quarter in which he was fouled as he was making a tough shot in the lane.

“That’s sort of been when we’re at our best, with the starting unit doing what they’re doing and Simms coming in and running the show with the second unit… And he carried that stretch, he and Aaron kind of carried that stretch and he was terrific.” – Orlando Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel on Jonathon Simmons’ play in the 4th quarter

Elfrid Payton made his return to the Magic lineup as he scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. After missing the last 8 games due to a hamstring injury, he return sparked the Magic, as he controlled and outplayed the New York point guards.

“His dribble penetration and his tempo. When we get scored on, I’m able to out [the ball] to him from near half-court and he gets into the paint. If nobody picks him up, it’s a lay-up or he just kicks it out to people. He always has his head up. He’s just a very, very talented point guard.” – Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon on Elfrid Payton’s impact

The Magic were out-rebounded 42-29, but made it up by forcing 23 Knicks turnovers in the game. Evan Fournier had 5 steals and the team finished with 15 total. Every Magic starter finished with a plus rating on the plus/minus chart, with Payton leading the way with a plus 20.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 26 points and a game-high 11 rebounds on 11 for 21 shooting from the field. Doug McDermott had 13 points off the bench for New York.

Orlando will travel for a four-game road trip that starts on Friday in Phoenix as they play the new-look Suns. The trip will stop in Denver and Portland and ends with a trip to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. They will return to Amway Center next Saturday Night as they take on the Utah Jazz.

_____________________________________________

Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | info@floridanationalnews.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

POLITICS & POWER NEWS

National Politics

Rep. Soto, Members Introduce Bipartisan Bills Preventing Virtual Currency Price Manipulation

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL-09) along with Ted Budd (R-NC-13), introduced two pieces…

Congressman Darren Soto’s Lake Nona Office Relocating to Orlando VA Medical Center

Kissimmee, FL – Starting Monday, December 3rd  2018, Congressman Darren Soto’s Lake Nona District office will be…

At Capitol, Bush saluted as gentle soul, great man

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death Monday with solemn…

World waits to see if Trump-Xi dinner brings trade peace

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner Saturday with…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Orange County Property Appraiser Launches Crowdsourced Holiday Lights Map

Orlando, FL – One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is…

Gov. Scott Announces the Launch of Tourism Assistance Programs Following Hurricane Michael

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the launch of two VISIT FLORIDA Hurricane Michael…

Senator Linda Stewart Files Legislation To Lift Barriers On Rape Prosecution

TALLAHASSEE – State Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) filed SB130: Time Limitations for the upcoming session that…

AG Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried Announces Full Transition Team

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Recently, Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried launched a website (nikkifriedtransition.com) announcing her full…

SPORTS NEWS

  • Nikola Vucevic takes the ball to the net against the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Center Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.
    ORLANDO Orlando’s Big Fourth Quarter Sparks 111-106 Victory at Home Against the 76ers. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

MORE SPORTS NEWS

Alex Morgan Named 2018 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

CHICAGO – On the heels of a sensational goal scoring run this year, forward Alex Morgan…

Eight Finalists Announced For 2018 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

The eight finalists for the 2018 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD have been named, the NFL announced today.…

David Steele To Be Inducted Into Orlando Magic Hall of Fame

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic will induct longtime play-by-play announcer David Steele into their Hall of…

Gerald McCoy Named Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nominee For Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today Gerald McCoy as its nominee for the Walter Payton…

VIDEO: Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford Pregame Presser On Denver Nuggets

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Orlando Magic (12-12) head coach Steve Clifford held a pregame…

VIDEO: Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone pregame presser on Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Denver Nuggets (12-12) head coach Michael Malone held at pregame…

BUSINESS NEWS

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

World waits to see if Trump-Xi dinner brings trade peace

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner Saturday with…

Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public company

Microsoft’s big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple…

VIDEO: West Lakes Orlando Business Incubator Gets $200,000 Funding Boost from JPMorgan Chase

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - LIFT Orlando, Mayor Buddy Dyer and the West Lake Business…

Adam Rosen, Son of Orlando Philanthropist Harris Rosen, Dies of Brain Cancer

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Adam Michael Rosen, son of Orlando philanthropist and hotelier Harris…

Trade War Escalates as China Announces Tariffs on US Imports

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S.-China trade war escalated further Tuesday, with China announcing retaliatory tax…

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh Appeals Decision On Disney Property Valuation

Orlando, FL – Orange County Property Appraiser (OCPA), Rick Singh, today announced that an appeal…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Knight Foundation awards grant to Miami Film Festival as part of a $37 million investment in the arts!

MIAMI, Fla. - The Miami film scene received another tremendous boost this past Monday. As…

The Golden Globes Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

LOS ANGELES, Ca. (FNN NEWS) - The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be held on…

46th Annie Award Nominations Announced Animation’s Biggest Night Set for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at UCLA’s Royce Hall

BURBANK, CA. - Nominations for the 46th annual Annie Awards were announced on Dec. 3, 2018…

Bobby Brown Sues Showtime and BBC for $2 Million

NEW YORK, N.Y. (FNN NEWS) - Bobby Brown has often been very protective over his…

Elton John Cancels Both Sold Out Florida Shows

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Elton John has canceled both sold out shows in Florida…

Barry Manilow Donates New Yamaha Piano to Launch New Instrument Drive for Jones H.S.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Pop music icon Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his…

LIFESTYLE NEWS

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

Join Mickey and Friends in Celebrating the Holiday Season at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park features…

Disney Chefs Bake Up Holiday Magic with Gingerbread Displays at Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Cruise Line

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Wide-eyed wonderment will wash over Disney guests this holiday season…

OPINION: Melania Trump Dreams of a Very Red Christmas

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FNN NEWS) - First Lady Melania Trump clearly isn’t having a blue Christmas…

Nearly 1,200 Athletes Competed in Special Olympics Florida's State Fall Classic

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Special Olympics Florida athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans descended on…

Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers Made Celebrities at Special Olympics Florida Champions' Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The red carpet rolled out for Special Olympics Florida’s Annual Champion’s…