ORLANDO, Fla. - Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and Evan Fournier added 23 to help the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 112-99 on Wednesday night.
Jonathon Simmons scored 15 of his 16 points in the second half. He had 11 straight points early in the fourth quarter to push the Magic's lead back to double figures.
The Magic, benefiting from the return of starting point guard Elfrid Payton, snapped a two-game losing streak. New York, playing without scoring Kristaps Porzingis (ankle and elbow injuries), had its three-game winning streak come to an end.
With Porzingis out, Tim Hardaway, Jr. was the Knicks' only consistent scoring threat, and had 26 points.
THJ now with 11p in Q1. pic.twitter.com/cZxwOUgxYG- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 9, 2017
Kanter with the strong start to the second half 👇 pic.twitter.com/3VrCjBxdQA
- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 9, 2017
The Knicks entered the game having won six of their last seven games, but they seemed out of synch offensively without Porzingis. They shot 53 percent from the field but committed 23 turnovers.
Orlando, meanwhile, got its offensive rhythm back with Payton in the game. The Magic shot 54 percent from the field and 46 from 3-point range mainly on the strength of spacing with Payton on the floor. >> Read more
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Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. They plagued the Knicks tonight all night long, and they couldn't recover from the sloppy play. It's very difficult to win a game when you turn it over 23 times. They very clearly looked like a team that was playing on the second night of a back-to-back. They also looked like they desperately missed Kristaps Porzingis. It's smart for Porzingis to sit on a night like this so he's ready for the game Saturday at home against the Kings, but without him, the Knicks will struggle.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had a solid night scoring, putting up a double-double with a career-high 11 rebounds. Other than that, the Knicks' offense was pretty stagnant throughout the night, especially in the second half, where they looked tired. The turnovers didn't do any good for the Knicks on defense either, who weren't closing out on guys, and left too many guys open from downtown, including the big man Nikola Vucevic.
With Porzingis probably dealing with the elbow issue all season, the Knicks are going to have second nights of back-to-backs where Porzingis may choose to sit out. Clearly, they are going to have issues beating teams without him. With that being said, if they can not be as sloppy as they were tonight, they could stay in the games without him, and potentially win. After the huge highs of two crazy comeback wins, the Knicks were due for a let down tonight. They have the 2-8 Kings come to town Saturday and get a couple of days of rest here to make sure they're recharged for that game.