After a slow start, the Knicks fought back to beat the Orlando Magic tonight at the Amway Center by a score of 114-106. Carmelo Anthony led all scorer’s with 40 points while adding in six rebounds and six assists. Jameer Nelson and Aaron Afflalo both scored 29 points to lead the Magic. The Knicks got a double-double from Tyson Chandler (14 points, 12 rebounds), 18 points from J.R. Smith off the bench and an all-around game from Jason Kidd (15 points, eight rebounds, 7 assists). Nikola Vucevic lead all players with 18 rebounds for Orlando.
For a moment there it looked like it was all going to blow up. Down 9 points with 7:14 left in the fourth quarter, the Spurs ran a perfect pick-and-roll for the 300th time in a row. Tony Parker whipped a one-armed bullet pass into a rolling Tiago Splitter, who laid it in and got hammered by Tyson Chandler after the fact. And-one. Time-out, Knicks. The game resumed, Splitter hit his free throw, and the Spurs went up by 12 points, with seven minutes remaining in the game.
The Knicks take their 5-0 record into the Home of the Alamo to take on the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. The Spurs come into tonight’s game with a 7-1 record, tops in the Southwest division and Western Conference. They have won three straight ballgames and are coming off a close, two-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center this past Tuesday.