Knicks Grind It Out Against Magic

Published on: 31st January, 2013


Tyson Chandler
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New York – The Knicks won a game they expected to win, should have won, and probably should have won by a lot. After all, they were playing an Orlando Magic team that came in with a record of 14-30, good for fourth worst in the league.

No surprise, tonight except the closeness of the score, 113-97. The Magic were able to ride the hot shooting of their guard tandem, Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick through the first three quarters to keep it close until the Knicks seemed to tire of toying with their young and disheveled opponent, outscoring the Magic 62-46 in the second half.

The only real suspense was whether or not Carmelo Anthony would break the franchise record of 29 games in a row scoring 20 or more points in a game. And, if Steve Novak, mired in a shooting slump, would connect on a shot from three-point land. Or, from anywhere else.

Anthony Breaks Knicks Record With 30th Straight Game Scoring 20-points Or More

Anthony put up an even 20-points tonight on 8-17 shooting from the floor to break Richie Guerin’s old record of 29 straight 20-point games, set in 1961-62.

“Any record you have a chance to go get or break or tie is the fun part,” Anthony said. “Tonight was my chance to break it. It makes it fun out there when you know you are looking forward to something. Records are meant to be broken.”

I couldn’t have said it any better.

And, Novak hit his first three-pointer with 4:50 to go in the game, after having missed the only four shots he had taken up to that point. He ended up with five points in the game but it was a start for Novak, who, in his last five games had shot just 21% from the floor, averaging only 1.8 points per game.

Novak understands his role on this team is to shoot the ball and to shoot it consistently well.

“At the end of the day, I know if I stay consistent, the shots will drop for me,” Novak said. “I don’t consider a few misses a slump. Earlier in my career, I might have felt the pressure if I missed a few shots. In these last few days, it wasn’t that I was missing shots. I really wasn’t getting more than 2-3 shots per game.”

The Knicks had six players score in double figures tonight, led by Tyson Chandler’s 21-points on an astounding 10 of 11 from the field.

“I had a couple of rough games and wanted to get involved on the offense early,” Chandler said. “The flow was great. My teammates were looking for me.”

Amare Stoudemire continued his progress as he is assimilating into the offense with discernible improvement in every game. In his 20 minutes on the floor, Stoudemire shot a perfect 7 for 7 on his way to 14-points against a Magic team that has now lost their seventh straight and 18th in 20 games.

JJ Redick scored 29 points and fellow guard Jameer Nelson added 21 for Orlando, but they both ran out of gas in the second half when the Knicks took control, especially on the inside. Nikola Vucevic was the only other player in double figures for the short-handed Magic with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Raymond Felton added 15 points and J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni had 11 for New York, which shot a season-high 57.3 percent from the field.



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