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    Orlando Magic Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Orlando Magic 1/18/2021 12:00 [Game #15]





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    Injury Report

    Orlando Magic New York Knicks
    Al-Farouq Aminu - Right knee injury recovery (OUT) Mitchell Robinson - Sore right knee (QUEST)
    Mo Bamba - Health and safety protocols (OUT) Alec Burks - sprained left ankle (DOUBT)
    Michael Carter-Williams ĖSprained left foot (OUT) Frank Ntilikina - Sprained right knee (OUT)
    Evan Fournier - Low back spasms (OUT) -
    Markelle Fultz- Torn ACL, left knee (OUT) -
    Jonathan Isaac - Left knee injury recovery (OUT) -
    Chuma Okeke - Left knee bone bruise (OUT) -


    Game Preview

    The New York Knicks enjoyed a resounding victory that felt like it was five years in the making on Sunday when they routed the Boston Celtics.

    Or was it just five losses in the making?

    Fewer than 24 hours after the win over the Celtics, the Knicks look to build a winning streak on Monday when they host the Orlando Magic in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee.

    The visiting Knicks ended a five-game losing streak Sunday by snapping the Celtics' five-game winning streak with a 105-75 victory. The Magic sustained their fifth straight loss Saturday by dropping a 122-115 decision to the host Brooklyn Nets.

    The Knicks led by as many as 37 points in the fourth quarter Sunday on their way to the franchise's first 30-point win since a 128-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns on March 9, 2016. It was also the first 30-point win for New York over Boston since a 102-70 victory on Nov. 4, 1997.

    The win was cathartic for the Knicks and first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau, who celebrated his 63rd birthday on Sunday. The gift was seeing New York yield some dividends from the preparation it put in and experiences gleaned during the five-game losing streak.

    After losing three straight games by double-digit margins, the Knicks mounted a late comeback in a 116-109 loss to the Nets last Wednesday. They also had a chance to take the lead in the final minute of a 106-103 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

    "I told our players this: The way they're practicing -- the attitude, the approach and how they're practicing -- has been a positive," Thibodeau said Sunday afternoon. "(On Friday) I thought we were terrific in the shoot-around and we played well enough to win on the road. We didn't close out the game we would've liked. Then (Saturday) in practice, I thought was terrific. As long as we're doing the right things, I know we'll improve and we'll keep getting better."

    The Magic hope a similar breakthrough is imminent. Orlando's losing streak began Jan. 8, two days after point guard Markelle Fultz sustained a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee during a 105-94 victory over the Cavaliers.

    The Magic, who were 6-2 with Fultz in the lineup, fell by double figures in each of the next four games and lost three of those by at least 22 points. But Orlando looked re-energized in a challenging situation against the new-look Nets on Saturday, when James Harden made his Brooklyn debut with a triple-double.

    "Let's be honest -- and I talked about this candidly with the group today -- the Markelle injury has taken a lot out of us," Magic head coach Steve Clifford said Saturday night. "We have other guys down too, but tonight was the first time since the Cleveland game where I think that we started to find a belief in a way that we could play, so we have a chance to take a step forward."

    The Magic also played Saturday without Evan Fournier (back spasms), Michael Carter-Williams (foot), Chuma Okeke (knee) and Mo Bamba (coronavirus protocols).

    The Knicks are 19-13 all-time at home on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. New York was on the road for the holiday last season when it posted a 106-86 win over the Cavaliers for just the second time since 1987.

    --Field Level Media

    (STATS / cbssports.com)

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    Knicks off to a nice start, defending and moving the ball and hitting high % shots... cutting and attacking glass.

    ORL has Vucevic and not much else today.... he is 4-5 and rest of team is 0-15... No Evan Fournie... Cole making MSG pro debut... jitters? Gordon not doing much yet.

    Letís keep up the good mojo, much like how we crushed MIL on the second leg of a back to back earlier this season.

    From 5-3 to 5-8 to 7-8! Letís go. Get this win.

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    Within 30 seconds of entering the game, IQ draws a foul and nails a floater... then he sets up Knox for a wide open corner 3, which KK misses. Toppin missed a 3...

    19-13 after 1. Knicks 1-8 from deep (Randle with only make).

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    ďHeís so effervescent,Ē says Walt about IQ. Swishing floaters, draining 3s, getting to the line and draining FTs... setting up his teammates.

    Knox has now missed 3 WIDE OPEN threes. Part of reason why score is 28-22 and not a double digit lead.


    40 sets of back2backs... last few years... since NYK swept a back2back.

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    Knicks 2-14 from downtown.... Rivers has missed 3 layups and a FT. But IQ is super smooth....35-31 with 5 left in the first half.

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    What you love about IQ and RJ... they both enjoy contact and draw fouls.

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    Randle missed 3 shots at the rim and Mitch missed a dunk, all in the same possession. Crazy.

    RJ makes 2 FTs then Cole and Bullock exchanged the 3... 44-36.

    Oh, Randle just missed another shot at the rim. If you are counting, thatís 4 in less than a minute.

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    Randle drains a 3 as half expires...

    Knicks were 4-16 rom downtown in the first half.

    Randle 3-11 overall.

    Bullock aired a 3 attempt and turned it over in the final minute...

    47-38 NYK

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    Ugly game so far but Knicks have really tightened up on defense and lead by 9 in a low scoring game at the half. Canít let up.

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    RJ with back 2 back sweet drives to the cup... even did a 1-handed, between the legs dribble (but second drive negated on a ticky-tacky arm block offensive foul.

    Randle airballs a shot from 3 feet, EP turnover.... Knicks up 7 and Thibbs calls a timeout.

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    Players and coaches are non-stop complaining because they want fouls called to bail out all the terrible shooting. Even the FT shooting is hard to watch.

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    Randle misses 2 more point blank shots.... then misses both FTs. Heís 3-15 and NYK 5-20 from downtown...

    13-18 from the FT line. 60-49.

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    Knicks now 5-22 from downtown and ORL 5-20. EP hellbent to get to hoop for the stuff. Knicks up 13. Trent Tucker get warm.

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    Every once in a while Payton makes a play that gets you excited. Then he doesnít do it again for a week.

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    Knicks on verge of blowing this open, taking a 17 point lead. But Rivers makes one of the worst passes you will ever see to Randle on a 2:1 break. ORL drains a 3. Lead is 12 after 3 instead of 17.

    Austin has been unplayable the last 7 games. We canít take much more of this. DSJ canít take his minutes for a game?

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