Isaiah Hartenstein blames own fouls, rebounding for Knicks’ loss to Magic: ‘I’ve gotta find ways not to do those fouls, but it is what it is’

Isaiah Hartenstein blames himself for Monday’s loss to the Orlando Magic.

Hartenstein recorded a game-high 12 rebounds in the 98-94 defeat, but the Knicks were out-rebounded, 46-41, and gave up 13 second-chance points as well as 52 points in the paint.

The Knicks gave up that many points on the interior because Hartenstein, who has emerged as a reliable shot blocker, got in early foul trouble and logged just 28-and-a-half minutes, finishing the game with five fouls.

“There were some ticky-tack fouls that they called on me, so at the end of the day you’ve gotta live with that,” Hartenstein told The Daily News. “I’ve gotta find ways not to do those fouls, but it is what it is.”

OG Anunoby said it’s difficult to blame anyone for the rebounding disparity because the ball seemed to careen off the rim in the direction of Magic players down the stretch.

“They were sending everyone to the glass on every shot, and they were getting some generous bounces to them,” he said. “So that’s how it goes sometimes, though.”

Hartenstein said the rebound is the most important part of a defensive possession.

“They had certain rebounds where guys were coming in, getting rebounds and second chances, so, we were getting stops but not finishing the play,” he told The News. “I think that’s the biggest thing: not finishing the defense, which is what we’re normally good at — rebounding. There were a couple rebounds that were hard for me to get to.”

Hartenstein, however, still managed a double-digit rebounding night in limited playing time. He is averaging 14.375 rebounds since the OG Anunoby trade and 11.6 rebounds since Mitchell Robinson’s ankle injury in mid-December.

“At the end of the day, I’ve gotta find a way even if it’s out of my range. Just have to do a better job at that. I know I’m an elite rebounder. Certain bounces, it’s kind of hard to get to, but you have to find a way to get to it,” he said. “At that point, it’s kind of hard. It’s not like I wasn’t trying. But at the end of the day, when the ball bounces a certain way, it is what it is.”