Carmelo Anthony puts up double-double, Knicks easily get past Magic

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Carmelo Anthony earned his 10th double-double this season, scoring 20 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the New York Knicks dismantle the Orlando Magic, 121-83. The Knicks shot lights out, finishing 44-83 (53.0%) from the field, including 17-34 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. New York (5-13) has won just two of their last 10 games.

Anthony shot 6-10 from the field and 8-9 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. Other key performers for New York were Andrea Bargnani with 17 points and 8 rebounds, J.R. Smith with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and Raymond Felton with 14 points and 5 assists. Despite the loss, Arron Afflalo put up 20 points for Orlando on 8-15 shooting, including 2-5 from behind the arc. Jameer Nelson contributed 13 points and 9 assists.

As expected, the edge on the defensive glass went to the Knicks (89.7% DR%), who took advantage of the Magic 27th-ranked offensive rebounding (22.0% OR% on the season). Meanwhile, the Knicks rank fifth in the NBA at collecting defensive rebounds with a DR% of 75.7%. Along with their eFG% of 63.3%, the Knicks connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (2-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Magic are winless (0-4) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Orlando (6-13) has now lost four straight.

Coming up next, the Knicks take on the Boston Celtics, who are 9-12 on the year. The Magic go up against the Houston Rockets, currently 13-7 this season.

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