Melo Leads Knicks To Blowout Win Over Magic
The New York Knicks moved above the .500 mark for the first time since early January with a drubbing of the Orlando Magic, 108-86, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The final score doesn't tell the story of how 'on' the Knicks were and how badly they embarrassed the Magic. A 21-0 run in the third quarter helped New York to a 39 point lead before Orlando pulled it together to make the score more respectable.
The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony who scored 25 points, grabbed five boards, had six assists and played defense. Iman Shumpert was red hot during the team's run in the third, finishing with 25 points of his own.
Baron Davis got his second straight start, in place of Jeremy Lin (sore knee), scoring 11 to go along with seven rebounds and six assists, against just two turnovers.
The Knicks shot a combined 50-percent from the floor, playing exceptionally well on both ends of the floor without Lin and Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks found out earlier in the day that Amar'e would miss two to four weeks as he undergoes treatment for the bulging disc in his back.
Jameer Nelson was the high scorer for the Magic with 17 points, while Dwight Howard was kept in check with just a dozen.
The Knicks (26-25) are 2 1/2 games up on the Bucks for the final playoff spot in the East, and 2 1/2 games out of first in the Atlantic Division. New York visits the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.