Orlando Holds Serve At Home

Even though the Magic players watched the out-of-town scoreboard in the locker room after the game, they knew that if they took care of business on the court nothing else mattered. Terrence Ross scored 11 points in a 3 minute and 22 second stretch in the third quarter to help the Orlando Magic defeat the New York Knicks by the score of 114-100 on Wednesday night.

Ross, who finished with 23 points, hit 3 huge three-pointers in a 65 second span to extend a 2 point lead to a 11 point lead at the end of the third quarter. But the game didn’t start out on such a hot note for Orlando. The Magic’s turnovers and missed shots from near the basket allowed to the Knicks to race out to a 22-14 lead midway through the first quarter.

“Yeah. He’s the reason we won. Big time tonight. That stretch where he hit three threes in a row, we were down on our heels. Up two in the lead. [The Knicks] had the momentum and in just one minute, the whole game just went sideways for them. Big time.”

Magic Guard Evan Fournier on Terrence Ross

But the bench led by Ross and Michael Carter-Williams started the comeback for the Magic. After being tied at the end of the first quarter, the duo lead the Magic on a 19-7 run to start the quarter and it put the Magic up by 12 halfway through the second quarter. They were up 13 at halftime.

“It felt good. That’s what our group is there to do. When we’re in a mix and if it’s a close game, we try to extend the lead. If we’re down, we try to come back. That’s our goal. When we go in, we want to pick up the tempo. (Terrence) Ross gave us- when he came in, he was on fire about a minute. He had about three three’s right in a row. That gave us a big boost in our second unit. That’s what we need from our second unit and just keep on helping out the first unit as they continue to be great.”

Magic Guard Michael Carter-Williams on the defense of the second unit

Even though the Knicks were short-handed (Dennis Smith Jr, Allonzo Trier, DeAndre Jordan, Frank Ntilkina and Noah Vonleh were all out), former Magic swingman Mario Hezonja kept them close. Mario finished with a career-high 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds before fouling out with 3 minutes and 34 seconds left in the game.

With the win, Orlando is now tied with the Brooklyn Nets for seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. They are also a half a game behind the Detroit Pistons for the sixth spot. Both Brooklyn, Detroit and the Miami Heat all lost on Wednesday night.

Orlando will play their final home game of the regular season on Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks at 7pm.

Things of Note

  • Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as he had his 58th double-double of the season
  • New York shot 22.2% from downtown (6 for 27)
  • Tampa Bay, Florida native Kevin Knox scored 21 points for the Knicks

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