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New York vs Orlando
90 - 105
Record: 6-15
Trevor Ariza (Getty Images Photo)
Trevor Ariza (Getty Images Photo)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hedo Turkoglu gladly went back to the bench so Grant Hill could start his first game of the season.

Then Turkoglu and Pat Garrity gladly took advantage of all the room the New York Knicks were giving them to shoot.

Turkoglu scored 18 points, Garrity added a season-high 17, and the duo combined for nine of Orlando's 11 3-pointers in a 105-90 victory over the Knicks on Tuesday night.

"They had like miscommunication out there. They didn't help each other," Turkoglu said. "They left really good shooters, Pat and me, they left us really, really open all the time. I think they have a bunch of young guys there and they're still learning, so that's why they messed it up. You can't leave guys who are making shots in a row like that, you have to do something."

Hill added a 3-pointer during the decisive second quarter in his season debut. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Hill missed Orlando's first 19 games following surgery for a sports hernia on Oct. 31. He started and scored seven points in 22 minutes, and was on the floor late in the second quarter when the Magic took control for good.

"It was fun to be out there," said Hill, who's been beset by injuries in six seasons with Orlando. "It was good to get the win. I thought our team played pretty well."

Eddy Curry scored 23 points for the Knicks, who trailed by six or more points for the final 29 minutes and have lost four straight. Quentin Richardson added a season-high 16 and Stephon Marbury scored 13, but New York couldn't overcome another woeful second quarter.

The Knicks were within five points midway through the second, but made only one field goal in the final 6 minutes. Orlando closed with a 13-3 run, taking a 54-39 lead when Hill made a 3 from the corner just before the halftime buzzer.

New York was 6-of-21 (29 percent) in the second quarter and has been outscored by a combined 26 points in that period in its last two games.

"I don't even really have an answer for you," Marbury said. "All I do know is that we can't allow that to happen. Right now, as far as for the way we're playing, we're going backwards, we're not going forward."

Though Knicks coach Larry Brown said Tuesday he was planning to shrink his rotation, but had used 11 players by halftime. The Knicks also have allowed opponents to make 23 3-pointers in the last two games.

"Shots are a lot easier when you have a lead," Brown said. "There's not a lot of pressure in those situations and that's been a problem."

The Knicks pulled within eight points early in the final quarter, but Steve Francis drove the baseline for a three-point play after a powerful dunk over Richardson, and Garrity and Turkoglu each made three 3-pointers later in the period as the Magic pushed the lead to as much as 21.

Turkoglu had started all 18 games he played in while Hill was out.

"It's like in the old days, like last year," Turkoglu said of coming off the bench. "I knew my role was going to be coming off the bench one day."

Orlando was 11-of-18 from behind the arc, with Garrity making five and Turkoglu four.

"It's just the way we use our guys," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "That's what they do best. We thought we had some favorable matchups with our shooters on the floor. Fortunately tonight we got the shots, but more importantly we knocked them down."

Game notes:
New York's Penny Hardaway had an MRI exam Tuesday and has right knee tendinitis. The Knicks were also without reserve center Jerome James, who has a sore left Achilles'. ... Orlando has won two in a row following a five-game skid. ... Francis was just 3-of-16 from the field.

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