The New York Knicks took a 16-point lead into halftime over the Orlando Magic and kept pouring on the points from there. Carmelo Anthony scored 12 points within the first seven minutes after intermission, helping the Knicks outscore the Magic 33-18 in the third quarter. The Knicks led by as many as 39 points, before Orlando clawed back in the fourth to make the final score a slightly more respectable 108-86.
Anthony finished with 25 points in one of his best outings since returning to the court from a groin injury. Rookie Iman Shumpert added 25 points as well, a career high, to spur a New York offensive attack that was potent despite missing Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin. Steve Novak contributed nicely from long range, hitting four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points off the bench.
Perhaps even more impressive was the Knicks' defense. The Magic committed 18 turnovers on the night and were outrebounded 49 to 34. Dwight Howard finished up with just 12 points and five rebounds on the night, playing 28 minutes due to some foul trouble in the third quarter. Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting, adding four assists.
The win was the Knicks' eighth in nine games under interim head coach Mike Woodson, putting them one game above .500 for the first time since Jan. 12.
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