Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
If the New York Knicks and the Orlando Magic had played just the first and third quarters, the Magic would've won by 21. If these two teams had considered only the second and the fourth frames, the Knicks would've come out on top by 29 points.
Which is to say, the Knicks beat the Magic by eight points on Saturday night, 114-106, and did so despite an uneven effort. New York was once again without Raymond Felton, and Marcus Camby replaced Kurt Thomas in the starting five (and the rotation entirely).
But even all of that change couldn't stop steady (if not spectacular) contributions from the usual suspects. Jason Kidd nailed 5-of-8 from three-point range to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists and a pair of steals. Tyson Chandler chipped in 14 points (on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field) and 12 rebounds. J.R. Smith led the way off the bench with 18 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Amar'e Stoudemire added 11 in support but looked slow and old once again.
And, of course, Carmelo Anthony went bonkers, with 40 points, six rebounds and six assists.
In a way, this was exactly the sort of game that shows just how good the Knicks really are. They posted some strong individual performances but didn't exactly play all that well or that consistently as a whole on either end of the floor. Yet, New York still managed to pull out the W on the road against a plucky opponent.