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Dec 23

Grades: New York Knicks 103, Orlando Magic 98

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New York Knicks 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 BLK | 12 REB | 14 PTS | 0

Vucevic got his standard double-double, and he certainly wasn’t afraid to go at Tyson Chandler on either end. Unfortunately for the Magic, Chandler got the best of Vucevic several times when the Knicks used Chandler in the pick-and-roll. Overall, the two starting centers battled to a draw, more or less, which certainly isn’t a bad result against someone as formidable as Chandler.

Victor Oladipo
1-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -23

The only thing saving Oladipo from the full-out F is the fact that he saw no playing time in the second half after proving extremely ineffective in 16 minutes. He didn’t particularly struggle handling the ball so much as he struggled seemingly across the board, most noticeably failing to get involved in much of Orlando’s offense. His defensive impact was negligible as well.

Arron Afflalo
9-17 FG | 5-7 3P | 5 REB | 5 AST | 26 PTS | +4

Afflalo’s game went the opposite of Glen Davis, starting somewhat cold and heating up as the night went along. He knocked down five triples on a night when the Magic only mustered eight makes from beyond the arc as a team, and his pass to a cutting Tobias Harris for a massive dunk started the Orlando comeback in the third quarter. If only a few early jumpers had dropped for him.

Glen Davis
9-21 FG | 2-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | +6

Davis started out fairly strong — in fact, his back and forth with Andrea Bargnani on the opening part of the game was one of the most entertaining events of the evening. But as the game went on, he seemed to tire a bit. As a result, he became less efficient, and Bargnani was able to get by him for a couple easy baskets.

New York Knicks

New York did nearly everything they could to give this one away in the second half after building what at one point was a 25-point lead. They managed to hold on in the end, but the win may have cost them. Carmelo Anthony went down in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle that kept him out of the remainder of the contest. Raymond Felton hurt himself, too.