NBA Game Summary - New York at Orlando
(Wednesday, December 28th)
Final Score: Orlando 105, New York 95
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Grant Hill had 26 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead Orlando to a 105-95 victory over the New York Knicks at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Steve Francis added 17 points and six assists for the Magic, who won their second straight game. Tony Battie chipped in with 13 points and 10 boards while DeShawn Stevenson had 14 for Orlando.
"We got a couple of wins going," Stevenson said. "We're playing good, passing the ball. If we keep playing like that we'll be on a good roll."
Eddy Curry topped the Knicks with a season-high 29 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Jamal Crawford had 24 points while rookie Channing Frye had 12 for New York, which lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
"Our first team didn't shoot all that well," said Knicks coach Larry Brown. "The Magic had 14 steals to our zero. To me, by accident, you can get a steal. That makes me think we weren't aggressive defensively."
The Knicks continued to suffer through a miserable season. Although they kept the game competitive for most of the first half, New York slowly started losing ground in the second.
After Jameer Nelson sprinted past the flat-footed New York defense for an easy driving layup with 10:32 left in the game, the Magic had their biggest lead, 86-71.
Curry tried to get the Knicks back in it with four straight points but Hedo Turkoglu answered with a three from the top to extend the lead back to 15, 92-77, with 7:52 remaining.
Later, a 12-4 tear capped by a Crawford trey put the Knicks within six, 100-94, with 2:11 left.
The Knicks were unable to draw any closer the rest of the way.
"They are a very good team," said Frye of the Magic. "I thought we were playing them alright. We would get on a little run and they responded like any good team would. We just couldn't get over that hump."
The Magic sprinted out to a 28-18 advantage after one quarter behind the hot shooting of Hill.
The Knicks closed the gap to six, 52-46, at the break. Curry paced New York with 16 in just six minutes of action off the bench. Francis and Battie both netted nine for Orlando.
The Magic continued to distance themselves from New York in the third and took an 11-point edge, 82-71, into the final frame.
"Aside from the offensive rebounding situation, I thought our guys did a good job," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "It was another game where I felt we shared the wealth, we shared the basketball with 20 assists and only 11 turnovers."
New York got 75 of its 95 points from the bench...Stephon Marbury appeared sullen and disinterested for the Knicks. The mercurial guard scored just five points and was 0-of-7 from the floor...Battie had his third double-double of the season...Orlando is now 7-9 at home this season...The Knicks are 3-12 on the road...Orlando has won four of the last five meetings in the series.
12/28 22:59:42 ET