Grant Hill's return fails to spark Magic in loss to NY
The Magic were led by DHoward, who continued his impressive string of games with 27 pts on 9 of 13 FG and 14 rebs; JNelson 16 pts on 7 of 21 FGs; HTurkoglu 14 pts, 6 rebs; DMilicic 12 pts, 7 rebs; and KDooling off the bench with 11 pts. NY was led by Eddy Curry with 20 pts on 8 of 9 FGs; Jamal Crawford also with 20 pts; Quentin Richardson 15 pts; Stephon Marbury 14 pts; and David Lee off the bench with 14 pts, 16 rebs. Former Magic G Steve Francis scored 7 pts with 3 asts, and 4 TOs in reserve.
The Magic (36 of 85, 42.4%) outscored NY (31 of 63, 49.2%) from the field 77-70. The Magic made 5 of 13 3 pt FGs, while NY hit on 8 of 21. NY (30 of 37) had a solid edge at the FT line over the Magic (17 of 25). NY edged the Magic on the boards 42-40. NY had 21 TOs to the Magic's 16 TOs. NY had a 14/21 AST/TO ratio, while the Magic had a ratio of 14/16. The Knicks reserves outscored the Magic reserves 31-20.
Magic now fall back to .500 and a 7th place tie with MIA. NY is now just 3 games behind the Magic for the 8th seed. The Magic need to bounce back quickly, as they play the Eastern Conference leading Pistons in DET WED night.