The Magic, with eight wins in their past 10 games, remain slightly behind eighth place in the Eastern Conference heading into Tuesday's visit to the New York Knicks.
The Knicks are coming off a rare win -- one that prevented them from some historical futility. New York snapped a team-record 18-game home losing streak with a 130-118 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Sunday night and avoided matching the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks for the longest home losing streak in NBA history.
The Knicks won their first home game since beating Milwaukee in overtime on Dec. 1, and it was such big news that actor Samuel Jackson announced the results of the game at the Academy Awards ceremony, with Knicks superfan Spike Lee in the audience.
New York's 12th win featured the Knicks setting a season high for points in a regulation game and shooting 51.0 percent, marking only the fourth time they made at least 50 percent from the field. Those performances earned loud ovations from fans who continue to fill Madison Square Garden.
"The fans are amazing, in general," Knicks coach David Fizdale said. "So supportive with all the losses. The support I've been getting, the team has been getting, has been phenomenal. I commend our fans standing behind us."
The Knicks will be attempting to get consecutive wins for the second time this season. New York won three straight games from Nov. 21-25 when it beat Boston, New Orleans and Memphis.
On Sunday, Damyean Dotson led the Knicks with 27 points and hit 8 of 13 3-point attempts. Rookie Kevin Knox added 19 and 10 rebounds, while Dennis Smith Jr. totaled 19 and 13 assists. Emmanuel Mudiay contributed 19 points in his second game back from a shoulder injury.
The Knicks played without center DeAndre Jordan, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. Noah Vonleh started for Jordan but rookie Mitchell Robinson took the bulk of the minutes at center and did his best Jordan impression with 15 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots in 30 minutes.
Orlando has won its past four visits to New York. On Nov. 11, Orlando posted its widest margin ever in New York in a 115-89 victory. >> Read more
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