Carmelo Anthony is the star of New York and he made his place in Knicks history Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic. In the 113-97 win, he scored 20 points Wednesday night, which gave him a team record, 30 straight games with 20 or more points. Tyson Chandler also put in over 20 points, scoring 21.
Everyone who played for the Knicks was able to score as the team shot over 57% on the night. During the Magic's seven game losing streak, that is the sixth straight team to shoot over 50% against Orlando. Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire combined for 35 points and missed just one of their eighteen combined attempts. (17-18 from the field) The Knicks had three different players score in double figures off the bench, Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, and Pablo Prigioni.
The Magic lost more than the game on Wednesday night. Aaron Afflalo, the team's leading scorer was already out and things got much worse. Glen Davis, who had already missed time with a shoulder injury earlier in the season, broke his left foot early in the first quarter. There is no timetable for his return.
A night after a horrendous shooting effort from both Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick the two players did their best to keep Orlando in the game. The game was tied at 51 at half and even tied midway through the third quarter. Redick led all scorers with 29 points going 9-14 from the field. Nelson added 21 points to go with nine assists. The two combined for 36 points in the first half missing only six shots between them both. But it was not enough in the end as Nik Vucevic was the only other Magic player to reach double figures. He had 12 points to go along with 11 rebounds, yet another double double for the rising star.
The loss marks the end of the January schedule, which the Magic will be glad to forget. They have now lost seven in a row and 18 of their last 20. In January they went a dismal 2-12. They look to turn the corner in February as they take the court again Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET against the Boston Celtics, in Boston. They are hoping the turn of the calendar can turn their luck.