The Knicks (5-13) made it two straight blowout wins by taking down the Magic (6-13) 121-83.
The Knicks were 17-of-34 from downtown. The team out-rebounded the Magic by +14. The bench scored 57 points.
Carmelo Anthony had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists in 30 minutes.
Andrea Bargnani had 17 points and 8 rebounds.
J.R. Smith was 5-for-9 from downtown. He finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds.
Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Metta World Peace, and Tim Hardaway Jr. also scored in double figures.
Amit BadlaniFINALLY! The Knicks have strung some wins together.
The Knicks continued their torrid shooting from downtown that they started on Thursday against the Nets. And that forced the Magic to cover the 3-point line more, allowing some more easy scores for Melo and Bargs from mid-range and inside.
In the Knicks losses, they were getting no production from their bench. In the past two games, that has really turned around. They scored 57 points tonight, and that’s without Stoudemire who contributed very nicely against Brooklyn.
The big question going forward will be if this type of performance is sustainable. I’m not talking about blowing out teams by 30+ or hitting more than half of their three point attempts. For the past two games, the team came out of the gates with an attitude that we hadn’t seen before this season. That’s what needs to continue.
Next Game: The Knicks will host Jeff Green and the Atlantic Division leading Boston Celtics (9-12) at Madison Square Garden at noon on Sunday.