New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic: Postgame Grades and Analysis for NYC

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New York Knicks vs. Orlando Magic: Postgame Grades and Analysis for NYC
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The New York Knicks topped the Orlando Magic, 114-106, in a back-and-forth affair Saturday night. The Magic jumped out to an early 14-2 lead behind some red-hot shooting, but the Knicks quickly climbed out of the hole and grabbed the lead heading into halftime.

There was a period during the third quarter when Orlando looked as if it had regained control, but New York rebounded behind 40 total points from Carmelo Anthony and key defensive stops late in the game. Anthony was simply brilliant, putting forth what was possibly one of his best performances as a Knick.

The Knicks had a lot of trouble with Jameer Nelson through the first three quarters, as the Magic guard dropped 29 points on them during the first 36 minutes. Mike Woodson's club buckled down in the fourth, though, holding the Saint Joseph's product scoreless and cutting off Orlando's main source of offense in the process.

This was a solid road win for New York against a Magic team that isn't playing as poorly as its record may indicate.

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