Knicks vs Magic Recap
The New York Knicks beat the Orlando Magic with a total score of 94 to 93. New York fought very hard to win this matchup versus Orlando. With some late-game heroics, the Knicks were able to pull out the win. The Knicks as a team shot 43 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc as well as 55 percent from the free-throw line. New York had 43 rebounds and 24 assists as a team. Additionally, the Knicks caused ten turnovers while letting up seven. Overall, the Knicks pulled out a very confidence-boosting needed win as they stay at home to verse the Philadelphia 76ers again for the second time this season.
The Magic barely outscored the Knicks in the first quarter with a score of 26 to 24. Although, the Knicks outscored the Magic in the second quarter with a score of 21 to 18 to be leading by one at halftime. The Knicks continued the second half by coming out in the third quarter and splashing threes and scoring at a high rate which got the lead up to 16 and outscoring the Magic 27 to 22 in the third quarter. However, the Magic cut the lead quickly in the fourth quarter even leading by one with ten minutes left. Even though the Magic cut the lead the Knicks were still able to pull out the even by being outscored 27 to 22 in the fourth quarter.
Knicks vs Magic Takeaways
The major takeaway from this game is that every Knicks player that played big minutes played great and contributed a lot. A major catalyst to everyone’s success is Julius Randle. Although, Randle didn’t score a lot as he’s done in other games he had a phenomenal career-high 17 assists also adding 18 points and 10 rebounds which logs his third triple-double this season. Randle also shot a poor 40 percent from the field and 20 percent from three. The Knicks also had four other players in double figures due to Randle. These players consist of Alec Burks, RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina, and Reggie Bullock.
Burks had the team-high 21 points with 10 rebounds shooting a consistent 50 percent from the field and also 50 percent from beyond the arc. Barrett had his season average of 17 points with 9 rebounds shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three. Ntilikina had a season-high 13 points heating up in the third quarter and also added 2 rebounds shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Lastly, Bullock had 20 points with six three and added 3 rebounds shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from three. In general, Knicks star Randle played his great point forward role to get other players active in this tight win.
The Main Play of the Game
The main play which was at the end of the game was by Knicks Reggie Bullock. Bullock stole the ball on the last possession with about ten seconds left to prevent the Magic from taking the lead and possibly winning. This was the best play of the game which ultimately won the game for the Knicks. This also summarized the Knicks defense for the game which was stellar for the most part even holding the magic to only 18 points in one quarter. In conclusion, the Knicks look to replicate this win against the 76ers as they look for the perfect revenge game against them.