Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/5/13
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ORLANDO -- Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, as the New York Knicks beat the Orlando Magic, 114-106, Saturday night at Amway Center. The Magic (12-21) lost their eighth consecutive game, their longest losing streak since the 2005-06 season. Anthony, who hit 14 of 29 shots, also had six rebounds and six assists. J.R. Smith added 16 points and Jason Kidd had 15 points, while Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo each had 29 points for the Magic. Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the Magic. The Knicks (23-10) played poorly in the first and third periods, but they made up for the lapses by dominating the second and fourth quarters. It was the second time this season the Knicks beat the Magic in Orlando. It was a shootout from the start with the Magic making 10 of 26 shots from 3-point range. The Knicks hit 12 of 23 from long range, including four of those from Anthony. The Magic led, 89-81, going into the fourth quarter, finishing the third with a 10-2 run that included Nelson’s third 3-pointer of the period. Amare Stoudemire, playing in just his third game this season, scored the Knicks first five points of the fourth quarter. The Knicks led 59-55 at intermission, overcoming a slow start with a defensive flurry that forced the Magic into seven turnovers in the second period. Anthony had 18 points and four assists at halftime. Nelson started quickly for the Magic with 16 points in the first half. The Magic scored 36 points in the first 12 minutes, the most they have scored this season in the first quarter. The Magic made their first six shots, including a pair of 3-pointers by Nelson that gave them a 14-2 lead, their biggest of the game. The Knicks trailed for most of the first half, taking their first lead, 49-48, when reserve Steve Novak hit a 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining in the second period. NOTES: Magic point guard Jameer Nelson went into Friday's game needing nine assists to become the franchise's all-time leader, a record held by current Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles, who had 2,776 during his playing days in Orlando. "In this day and age, with so many point guards so big and athletic (which Nelson is not), it's pretty unique. He's still getting the job done," said Magic coach Jacque Vaughn. ... The contrast in experience between the two starting lineups was almost startling Friday night. The Magic's five, with rookies Andrew Nicholson and DeQuan Jones, combined for 14 years of previous NBA experience. The Knicks's starting five had 60 years of previous NBA experience, including Jason Kidd (18 years) and Marcus Camby (16 years). ... Both teams have been hurt by recent injuries to very key players. The Knicks still are without Rasheed Wallace (sore left foot) and Raymond Felton (broken finger). The Magic are without Glen Davis (left shoulder strain) and E'Twaun Moore (left elbow sprain). ... Knicks center Tyson Chandler is the runaway NBA leader for best field goal shooting percentage (.686).
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