ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Trey Burke came off the bench with a season-high 26 points and six assists Thursday night to help the New York Knicks break an eight-game losing streak with a 120-113 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points and six assists for the Knicks, who won for the first time since Jan. 30 and the first time since losing Kristaps Porzingis for the season to a torn ACL.
Evan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, who lost their fourth straight.
The first game after the All-Star break for both teams marked the first Knicks start for guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who was acquired from Denver in a three-team trade on Feb. 8. It also marked the returns from injury for center Nikola Vucevic and forward Aaron Gordon of the Magic.
Vucevic finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
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Jarrett Jack doesn't play... the Knicks win. Coincidence?
All kidding aside, it was refreshing to see the youth take over and get significant playing time. Of course, Knicks fans want the team to lose and "tank" their way to a potential top ten pick. Either way, they are going to need the teams ahead of them to start winning, which will be tough. You thought you were watching the Michigan Wolverines backcourt take down the Orlando Magic tonight. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 47 points to get the Knicks in the winning column, ending their eight-game losing streak.
This is why I asked endlessly for the Knicks to call Burke up. The guy can be a scoring machine at a moment's notice, and he was sensational tonight. 26 points, six assists, and five rebounds led the way for the Knicks. The best part of the box score: 30 minutes for Burke, 30 minutes for Frank Ntilikina, 14 for Courtney Lee and zero for Jack. The youth movement is in full effect now the rest of the way.
This backcourt will be the focus and some consistency from Emmanuel Mudiay, who scored eight points in 23 minutes tonight. As good as Lee can be, it's nice to see him play less so that the young guys can see more time. Lee will have his chance next season to start either here or somewhere else if he gets traded in the offseason as he is under contract. Him playing less isn't affecting his next contract for these final 22 games.
Operation tank is on delay for now...
What's next: The Knicks host the Celtics on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.