Dwight Howard kept up his utter domination of the New York Knicks, fueling the Orlando Magic to a 111-99 win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Howard scored 33 points and had 11 rebounds in 41 minutes for Orlando. In three games against the Knicks this season, Howard has averaged 29 points and 15 rebounds.
The Knicks actually stuck around through three quarters, as Carmelo Anthony had himself a game with 24 points on 6-12 shooting and 11 free throws. Amar'e Stoudemire, however, was completely stifled by Howard and the Magic; S.T.A.T. scored just 13 points on 20 field goal attempts. He was a team-worse -11.
Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu hit four three-pointers a piece, and Brandon Bass bulled Stoudemire in getting to the line for nine free throws. Chauncey Billups and Toney Douglas helped 'Melo keep the Knicks in the game, but the Magic are a far more complete and talented team than New York.
The Knicks, 35-36, are below .500 for the first time since Nov. 27. New York then went on an eight-game winning streak.