TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+
  • NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's recent victory in acquiring Time Warner emboldened Comcast to outbid Disney for 21st Century Fox to the tune of $60 billion. Photo: AP/REX/Shutterstock
    NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's recent victory in acquiring Time Warner emboldened Comcast to outbid Disney for 21st Century Fox to the tune of $60 billion. Photo: AP/REX/Shutterstock

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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, Rev. Sharpton, UnidosUs, NAACP, Civil Rights Leaders Host Press Conference Demanding Trump Admin End Practice of Separating Families at the U.S. Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday Congressman Darren Soto, along with social justice leaders, held a press conference…

London Breed Becomes 1st Black Woman to Lead San Francisco After Opponent Concedes

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. (CNN) - London Breed became the first African-American woman elected to lead San…

Trump Tags US Media as Nation’s ‘Biggest Enemy’ After Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged skeptical media coverage of his historic summit with…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Orange Candidates Qualify for Mayor, Sheriff, County Commission, School Board, Soil & Water

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) -  Orange County candidates who qualified Friday before the qualification…

Senator Linda Stewart Doubts New Trump Executive Order Will End Immigrant Families' Plight

TALLAHASSEE – With President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy still intact, and the fate of…

Political Newcomer Andrew Jeng Raises a Stunning $25,000 in Kissimmee Commission Race

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Tech entrepreneur and smart city candidate Andrew Jeng, who is…

Johanna López Endosred By AFL-CIO In Orange County School Board Race

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS)  — Colonial High School teacher Johanna López has been endorsed by…

SPORTS NEWS

MORE SPORTS NEWS

Bamba is the Magic's Choice at Number 6

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - The Orlando Magic spent the 6th overall pick in the…

Daytona International Speedway to Deliver One of the Largest Fireworks Shows in the Southeast At The Coke Zero Sugar 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 20, 2018) – When the checkered flag waves on the 60th Coke Zero Sugar…

Orlando City Loses Fifth-Straight Match to Vancouver

VANCOUVER (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando City SC // In the third match of a…

2019 DAYTONA 500 Tickets On Sale Tuesday, June 12

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -Tickets for the 61st annual DAYTONA 500 will officially go on sale…

VIDEO: Buccaneers' Cut For A Cure Raises $130,000 For National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

TAMPA, Fla. - On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to support the fight against childhood…

Orlando Pride Play to Scoreless Stalemate in Seattle

SEATTLE, Wa. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando City SC // Orlando Pride (4-3-4, 16 points)…

BUSINESS NEWS

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

Political Newcomer Andrew Jeng Raises a Stunning $25,000 in Kissimmee Commission Race

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Tech entrepreneur and smart city candidate Andrew Jeng, who is…

VIDEO: Grenada Consul General Warren Newfield Discusses the Island Nation's Growth

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Grenada Ambassador-at-Large and Consul General in Miami Warren Newfield,…

Comcast Challenges Disney with $65B Bid for Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses,…

Facebook Says It's Removing Trending News Feature Next Week

SAN FRANCISCO (FNN NEWS) - Facebook announced Friday that it will remove its "Trending" section from…

VIDEO: Dunkin Donut Delivers Free Donuts on National Donut Day

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Friday, June 1 is National Donut Day. You still have…

Orange County Property a Hot Commodity: New Construction Rises to $3.6 Billion in 2018

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Property values for Orange County continue to increase, topping…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Daytona International Speedway to Deliver One of the Largest Fireworks Shows in the Southeast At The Coke Zero Sugar 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 20, 2018) – When the checkered flag waves on the 60th Coke Zero Sugar…

VIDEO: Trayvon Martin's Parents Talk Latest Trayvon Martin Foundation Efforts at ABFF

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - While promoting the newly released Trayvon Martin docuseries "Rest…

VIDEO: "Star" Actress Ryan Destiny Talks Body Image and Her Character at ABFF

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - "Star" co-lead actress Ryan Destiny talks with Florida National…

Comcast Challenges Disney with $65B Bid for Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses,…

Conservative Commentator Charles Krauthammer Says He Has 'Only a Few Weeks Left to Live'

NEW YORK, N.Y. (FNN NEWS) - Longtime Fox News commentator and conservative Washington Post columnist Charles…

BREAKING NEWS: Miss America Ends Swimsuit Competition

NEW YORK (FNN NEWS) - Gretchen Carlson, the board of trustees chair for the Miss…

LIFESTYLE NEWS

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

VIDEO: Grenada Consul General Warren Newfield Discusses the Island Nation's Growth

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Grenada Ambassador-at-Large and Consul General in Miami Warren Newfield,…

BREAKING NEWS: Miss America Ends Swimsuit Competition

NEW YORK (FNN NEWS) - Gretchen Carlson, the board of trustees chair for the Miss…

VIDEO: Newseum to Add 18 Journalists Killed in 2017 to Journalists Memorial on June 4

WASHINGTON -- Today, at 10 a.m., the Newseum will rededicate its Journalists Memorial, which recognizes men and women who were killed…

Facebook Says It's Removing Trending News Feature Next Week

SAN FRANCISCO (FNN NEWS) - Facebook announced Friday that it will remove its "Trending" section from…

VIDEO: Dunkin Donut Delivers Free Donuts on National Donut Day

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Friday, June 1 is National Donut Day. You still have…

Update on the Star Wars Immersive Resort Planned for Walt Disney World Resort

Last summer, plans for a Star Wars-inspired destination at Walt Disney World Resort were unveiled at the D23 Expo. Today…

GOLDEN TRAILER

ESSENCE MUSIC FEST

MISS AMERICA

ABFF FILM FESTIVAL

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS

DAYTONA 500

MISS UNIVERSE

WRITERS GUILD

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

TONY AWARDS