Knicks 121, Magic 83

Everett Merrill, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks ended their six-game home losing streak, knocking off the Orlando Magic 121-83 Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Forward Carmelo Anthony topped the Knicks (5-13), who won their second straight game for the first time this season, with 20 points. Anthony, the NBA's second-leading scorer, played sparingly in the second half as New York held double-digit leads for most of the half.
The lopsided win Friday night was the second in a row for coach Mike Woodson's team. New York defeated its city rival, the Brooklyn Nets, 113-83 Thursday night.
Orlando (7-12) received 20 points from guard Arron Afflalo and 17 points from guard Victor Oladipo. The Magic have dropped four games in a row.
The Knicks emptied their bench with a 30-point cushion, 105-75, and 6:30 to play.
Two elements during the Knicks' long home losing streak was their inability to share the ball and their lack of success from beyond the arc. Against Orlando, they recorded a season-high 17 3-pointers and dished out 23 assists, their second-highest total of the season.
New York opened up a 16-point lead, 79-63, with 2:40 left in the game. Iman Shumpert's driving dunk over Orlando's Mo Harkless culminated a 7-0 burst that provided the Knicks with their biggest lead at home this season.
The Knicks broke a 34-34 deadlock with an 11-5 run midway through the second quarter en route to a 59-54 halftime lead. The Knicks bench contributed 23 of New York's 31 second-quarter points.
The 59 first-half points were the most by the Knicks since their opening night win over Milwaukee on Oct. 30.
Forward Metta World Peace led the Knicks subs with eight points and guards J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed six points each.
The Magic came out sizzling from long range. Orlando benefitted from the Knicks poor job of covering the perimeter, converting six of their seven 3-point shots, resulting in Orlando's 31-28 lead after the first quarter.
NOTES: F Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring in each of the 18 games. He is the only player in the league to lead his team in scoring in every game. ... Magic PG Jameer Nelson returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a sprained left foot. ... Orlando was without 7-0 C Nikola Vucevic, who suffered a sprained left ankle on Tuesday against Philadelphia. ... Orlando entered Friday ranked 28th in the league in turnovers (17.39 per game). ... The Knicks entered Friday turning the ball over the least in the league at 12.8 per game. ... Magic G Victor Oladipo's triple-double on Tuesday against Philadelphia was the 19th in team history and the first since Jan. 3, 2011, when Hedo Turkoglu did it against Golden State.

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