Although the New York Knicks are coming off a particularly discouraging loss, they've shown they can win despite injuries to two of their best players.
The Orlando Magic have been unable to overcome an injury to their star.
The Magic, who are hoping to have Dwight Howard back, try to avoid losing five straight games for the first time in five years when they host the Knicks on Thursday night.
Howard sat out the last two games with back spasms and not surprisingly, Orlando (32-22) struggled mightily with its interior defense. In Tuesday's 102-95 loss to Detroit, the Magic yielded 56 points in the paint - 19.1 more than their season average - and allowed the Pistons to shoot an opponent season-best 56.6 percent.
That broke Denver's record from just two days earlier, when the Nuggets shot 55.6 percent in handing Orlando a 104-101 defeat.
"We won't contend for nothing if we don't play defense," said Glen Davis, who had a career-high 31 points Tuesday in his second game starting in ...