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3-6 FG | 2-9 FT | 3 BLK | 10 REB | 8 PTS | +2
Howard has had better days. Tyson Chandler toed the line with his post defense, utilizing tactics that generally aren’t allowed (outstretching his arms and using both hands to push Howard from behind) but getting the benefit of the doubt. Howard earned a technical foul after airing out his grievances to official J.T. Orr. All in all, Chandler deserves most of the credit for containing Howard.
11-19 FG | 7-13 3P | 1 STL | 7 REB | 30 PTS | +15
With Howard kept in check offensively, Anderson stepped up to the occasion in the Mecca of basketball and put on a shooting clinic. Anderson made seven three-pointers, with most of his looks being generated from staggered pick-and-rolls or in catch-and-shoot situations. When the damage was done, Anderson found himself with a career-high 30 points and Knicks fans were left shaking their heads.
5-9 FG | 4-7 3P | 4 AST | 2 REB | 15 PTS | 0
Seven fourth-quarter points for Turkoglu, including a banked-in three-point shot that gave the Magic an 87-85 lead, one that they’d never relinquish. Turkoglu’s other three-pointer in the period came when Orlando was trying to shut the door on the New York Knicks. It’s safe to say that Turkoglu has become Van Gundy’s go-to guy in fourth quarters once again. Turkoglu has earned that right.
8-12 FG | 3-6 FT | 1 AST | 3 REB | 21 PTS | +10
Redick got off to a quick start with 11 consecutive points at one point in the first quarter, giving the Magic a much-needed boost on offense when the team needed it. Redick was generally quiet the rest of the way until the fourth quarter, when he made back-to-back layups in transition and two free-throws after that to ice the game for Orlando.
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The Knicks are for real on defense. With Chandler anchoring the paint, a more engaged Carmelo Anthony, and lengthy wing players like Iman Shumpert, it’s easy to see the improvements defensively for New York. With Stoudemire in foul trouble until the fourth quarter, Anthony carried the load on offense. It worked out at first, but Anthony got cold in crunch time despite getting good looks.
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.