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Mar 20

Grades: New York Knicks 106, Orlando Magic 94

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New York Knicks 106 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Orlando Magic

Kyle O’Quinn
5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | +15

Give it up for O’Quinn. It was his best game so far in his rookie season, as he set career-highs in points, rebounds, and assists while notching his first career double-double. And better yet, the Queens native did it in his hometown at Madison Square Garden — the Mecca of basketball. You have to imagine he’ll remember this game when his career is over.

Beno Udrih
5-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 13 PTS | +12

With Jameer Nelson having an off night, the Magic were provided with steady point guard play from Udrih instead. Crafty as always, Udrih was excellent in the pick-and-roll, particularly in the second quarter when he and O’Quinn were two-man gaming the Knicks to death. He’s one of the main reasons that Orlando was able to erase a double-digit deficit before the game got away from them in the third.

Andrew Nicholson
5-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 STL | 3 REB | 14 PTS | +7

Watching Nicholson go to work in the post is a thing of beauty, especially when he cripples defenders with his sublime footwork. Just ask J.R. Smith, who’s still trying to come down from the rafters after Nicholson faked him out with an up-and-under move on the left block on a possession late in the fourth quarter. The up-fake allowed Nicholson to finish with an easy layup.

Tobias Harris
7-10 FG | 0-1 3P | 5 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -26

What a weird night for Harris. Nikola Vucevic was a late scratch (flu) and missed his first game of the season. That forced Harris, who’s been starting at power forward for the Magic since March 8, to start at center. Probably not what he was expecting when he woke up this morning. The irony is that he probably lucked out by defending Kenyon Martin instead of Carmelo Anthony.

New York Knicks

The Knicks have been decimated by knee injuries in recent weeks, with Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire sitting out with varying ailments. The good news for New York was that they got Melo back after he missed six of the last eight games with a sore right knee, and he looked spry and healthy. And J.R. Swish showed up to play. And the 3-ball was falling for the Knicks.

1 comments
shapentra
shapentra

This game was a weird one to watch. 

The Magic starting five looked one step too slow in defense, understandable in a back to back game. On offense, the feed Andrew in the post play, although effective most of the times, was ugly, with him being stripped a few times and in others he was unable to capitalize against lesser players due to lack of strength.

Harkless got a few kudos from the Knicks announcer and color commentator. He is coming along very nicely.