Magic hang on to beat stubborn Knicks
The Knicks played hard and competed all night, though. The Magic led 29-28 at the end of one, and went into the half with a 59-52 lead. The Magic opened the game up in the third and had their largest lead of 80-65, but the Knicks came back to cut their deficit to 86-80 going into the fourth. The Knicks got as close as 100-98 and 102-100 late in the fourth, but the Magic held on to win 110-103, as all five Magic starters scored in double figures.
Magic leading scorers
Rashard Lewis: 27 points (11 of 18 field goals), 4 assists
Hedo Turkoglu: 20 points (6 of 13 field goals), 9 assists, 7 rebounds
Rafer Alston: 17 points (5 of 10 field goals), 3 steals
Dwight Howard: 15 points (4 of 7 field goals), 7 rebounds, 3 blocks
Courtney Lee: 13 points (6 of 12 field goals), 4 assists
New York leading scorers:
Quentin Richardson: 33 points, 7 rebounds
Nate Robinson (bench): 27 points, 5 rebounds
Overall Game Statistics:
FG%: ORL 48.7% (38 of 78) NY 42.4% (36 of 85)
3 PT FG%: ORL 38.2% (13 of 34) NY 28.6% (8 of 28)
FT%: NY 76.7% (23 of 30) ORL 67.7% (21 of 31)
REB: NY 47 (17 offensive) ORL 38 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 25/15 NY 16/20
BENCH: NY 48 ORL 18
Other game notes and stats:
-The Magic starters outscored the Knicks' starters 92-55
-The Magic starting backcourt outscored the Knicks' starting backcourt 30-4, as Chris Duhon and Hughes combined to shoot 1 of 9
-Other than Richardson, the four other Knicks' starters combined to shoot 8 of 29 from the field
-Richardson scored 24 of his points in the first half
-Lewis and Turkoglu combined for 47 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, and 3 steals
-The Magic used a nine-man rotation, with J.J. Redick leading the reserves with 6 points
-Tony Battie, along with Lue and Richardson, did not see any action
-Marcin Gortat led the Magic with 8 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench
-Howard had just 7 field goal attempts in 30 minutes before fouling out.
The Magic remain one game behind Boston for the second seed in the East, as the Celtics won at Memphis Saturday night.
The Magic and Knicks play the rematch Monday night in New York.
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