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

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Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks: Postgame Grades and Analysis for NYC
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Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks turned a tight game with the Orlando Magic into a blowout down the stretch, ultimately prevailing by a final score of 113-97 Wednesday night at the Garden.

Anthony broke Richie Guerin's franchise record by scoring at least 20 points in 30 straight games. He hit the number on the nose midway through the fourth quarter and promptly headed to the bench with the game well in hand.

Melo wasn't alone in this one, though, as three Knick reserves scored in double figures, and Tyson Chandler turned in his most complete offensive performance of the season.

On the other end, things were a little bit dicier, particularly in the early going.

Orlando's backcourt looked unstoppable during the first quarter, as J.J. Redick started the game by making six straight shots, and Jameer Nelson seemed able to get into the lane at will. On the strength of their guard play alone, the Magic headed into halftime in a 51-51 tie. As a matter of fact, the Magic guards didn't really slow down after that, as Redick finished with 29 points on 14 shots (nine three-point attempts).

All's well that ends well, though. And this game concluded with the Knicks' fifth consecutive win over the Magic. Unlike the last two meetings between the two teams, both of which required fourth-quarter comebacks by the Knicks, this one was decided by the early stages of the final period.

Going forward, Mike Woodson's club still needs to show a greater aptitude for containing opposing point guards and limiting easy buckets. Orlando, despite losing by double figures, still shot 49.4 percent from the field.

New York moved to 28-15 with the win, while Orlando fell to 14-31 in defeat.

This was a nice win for the Knicks, but it wasn't without a few flaws. The grades will, therefore, reflect those mixed-bag results.

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