Depleted Knicks drop to Magic in last game before the All-Star break

The Knicks hit a roadblock in their matchup against the Magic, succumbing to a 100-118 defeat in a game marked by challenges and setbacks. Jalen Brunson led the charge for the Knicks with an impressive performance, notching 33 points and dishing out 6 assists, while Precious Achiuwa contributed with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Initially, the Knicks seemed to be in control as they built a promising 39-27 lead heading into the second quarter, fueled by Brunson’s explosive scoring spree of 20 points in the first quarter alone. However, their momentum was abruptly halted when the Magic staged a relentless 18-0 run, turning the tide of the game and surging ahead to claim a 44-39 lead.

As the game progressed, the Knicks struggled to regain their footing, facing the daunting task of competing against the Magic without key players sidelined due to injuries. Besides the absences of Mitchell Robinson, Julius Randle, OG Anunoby, and Isaiah Hartenstein, the Knicks also placed Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (calf) on the injury list prior to the game, dealing a significant blow to their lineup and leaving them with limited options and depth on the court.

“We have to hit the ground running. I’m proud of what our guys have done thus far to be able to withstand all the things that we’ve gone through from the heavy road schedule at the beginning, trades, injuries. But we’ve still got a long way to go and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for what’s coming.”

Tom Thibodeau

The Magic capitalized on the Knicks’ depleted roster, with Paolo Ranchero leading the charge with an impressive 36-point performance, supported by Franz Wagner’s 21 points. This victory marked the third consecutive win for the Magic against the Knicks this season, further compounding the Knicks’ woes.

For the Knicks, the loss against the Magic extended their losing streak to four games, highlighting the challenges they faced in navigating through a tumultuous stretch marred by injuries and setbacks. With the all-star break looming ahead, the Knicks will look to regroup and utilize the much-needed pause to recuperate from injuries and recharge for the remainder of the season.

Up-next: The Knicks (33-22) will meet the Sixers (32-22) in Philadelphia on Feb 22nd.

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Mar 25, 2024Signed guard DaQuan Jeffries to a Rest-of-Season Contract.
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