Many Knicks looked up at scoreboard inside the Amway Center on Tuesday night and quickly recognized the anomaly. For the first time this season, they trailed in the fourth quarter, and looked vulnerable against an unlikely opponent, the Orlando Magic, who lost to the Brooklyn Nets by 39 points last week.
Jason Kidd, though, reminded his teammates to stay calm. Kidd told Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler to be patient, and the Knicks started to resemble the N.B.A.’s only unbeaten team. In the fourth quarter, they forced seven turnovers, held the Magic to 13 points and escaped with a 99-89 victory.
The Knicks’ fifth consecutive win matched their second-best start. They went 5-0 in the 1993-94 season, when they advanced to the N.B.A. finals.