New York Knicks Defeat Orlando Magic 118-88

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Magic, while aggressive in their scoring attempts, couldn’t keep up with the New York Knicks’ defense Sunday. Not for lack of playmaking, either–they just didn’t sink as many of their shots as the Knicks did.


First Half

Though he was announced in the starting lineup, Cole Anthony was ruled out of the game due to a sprained big toe.

Mo Bamba came through clutch for Orlando with 5:35 left in the first quarter. Ignas Brazdeikis ran the ball to the hole for a layup, but fell short, but Mo Bamba was right behind him for the assist and tapped it in.

By the end of the first quarter, the Knicks led 29-20.

Both teams got a bit more aggressive in the second quarter. They played much faster and fought for the ball at the rim much more frequently.

In one of the most stylish plays of the quarter, Markelle Fultz forced his way into the paint, and since he was triple-teamed, he swiftly passed the ball behind his neck to Mo Wagner, who put it in.

By halftime, the Knicks were back on top, this time leading by ten: 57-47. Orlando’s Moritz (Moe) Wagner led the scoring with 13 points, going 5-6 on field goals and 2-3 from three point range.

For the Knicks, Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett were the high scorers in the first half with 13 and 15 points respectively. They were 43.1 percent on field goals and 31.8 percent on threes compared to Orlando’s 32.7 percent and 25 percent, respectively.


Second Half

The Knicks widened the lead to the point of no return in the third, scoring a total of 37 points to Orlando’s 15. Obi Toppin and Alec Burks each scored 12 points.

For the Magic, Ignas Brazdeikis added six points while Devin Cannady landed his first three-pointer in the match.

The third ended with the Knicks leading 94-62.

Just 2.5 minutes into the fourth, the Knicks broke triple digits with 101 points while Orlando trailed at 67. To Orlando’s credit, once the Knicks hit 103, the Magic held them there and closed the gap to 103-80 halfway through the quarter. They scored 26 points in the fourth to New York’s 24, but the effort was too little too late. The Knicks still managed to pull away, though, closing things out at 118-88.

The Magic have their final game of the season against the Miami Heat April 10 at 7pm ET.


Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. |

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