Knicks 113, Magic 97

Dave Buscema, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- After getting a strong offensive effort inside by center Tyson Chandler in the first three quarters, the New York Knicks found their outside shooting touch in the fourth to pull away from the reeling Orlando Magic.
Chandler scored 21 points to lead the Knicks in their 113-97 win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 to set a franchise record with his 30th consecutive game scoring 20 points or more.
Raymond Felton added 15 points and nine assists for the Knicks while Amar'e Stoudemire scored 14 points, hitting all seven attempts.
New York (28-15) won its second straight game while sending Orlando (14-31) to its seventh straight defeat.
The Magic, playing without injured leading scorer Arron Afflalo for the second straight game, responded well early after scoring just 77 points in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.
J.J. Redick led Orlando with 29 points and Nelson had 21, but the majority of their points came in the first half.
Orlando is now 2-18 since Dec. 21, when it followed a four-game winning streak by starting a 10-game losing streak.
The Knicks found their 3-point shooting in the fourth quarter to finally open up what had been a surprisingly close game.
New York extended the lead to 11 early in the fourth quarter, when Pablo Prigioni hit a 3-pointer and Anthony hit two free throws for an 86-75 lead with 8:52 left.
In the next several minutes, J.R. Smith, Anthony, Felton and Steve Novak each hit 3-pointers during a 12-4 spurt that all but sealed the game as the Knicks opened a 100-84 lead with 4:50 left.
Tied after each of the first two quarters, the Knicks entered the fourth period with a 79-73 lead, thanks largely to a 6-0 run midway through the third. Chandler scored four points during the stretch, and Stoudemire gave New York a 68-62 lead with 5:33 left in the third.
The Magic used a two-headed attack to enter halftime tied with the Knicks, 51-51. Nelson scored 19 points before the break and Redick had 17. The Knicks, who have been inconsistent defensively after a strong start this season, allowed Orlando to shoot 52.5 percent from the field before halftime.
Chandler led the Knicks with 13 points at the break, shooting 6 of 7 from the field, while Felton scored 12 and Anthony nine.
NOTES: Dave Guerin had shared with Anthony the Knicks' record for consecutive games with at least 20 points. ... Knicks point guard Jason Kidd was out with a sore back. Kidd's back had flared up in the past week, and he did not play in the second half of Sunday night's win over the Atlanta Hawks. Kidd also left in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at the Philadelphia 76ers to get treatment. Coach Mike Woodson said the 39-year-old point guard could have played Wednesday and that he probably will play Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks. ... With Kidd out, James White started at small forward for the Knicks, who have played shooting guard Iman Shumpert there recently. ... Magic center Nik Vucevic was selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend. ... Magic coach Jacques Vaughn told reporters at the shootaround that Afflalo might be able to play Wednesday night, but Vaughn then declared him unable to go shortly before the game. ... Queens native Maurice Harkless, who played college ball at St. John's, got the start with Afflalo out.

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