After the third quarter against New York, it looked like Orlando had a good chance of putting an end to its seven-game losing streak. But then it all came apart in the fourth.
Led by Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks erased an eight-point deficit and dealt the Magic its eighth straight loss, 114-106, on Saturday night in Florida. Orlando was done in by an anemic fourth quarter, scoring just 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting.
The teams traded big leads throughout the game—Orlando was up nine after one quarter, only to watch the Knicks out-score them by 13 in the second quarter. But with a 13-3 run in the third quarter, the Magic turned that deficit into a lead, and went into the fourth quarter up eight.
Then Anthony took over. With a dizzying array of jump shots, inside moves and outside shooting, Anthony dropped 15 points on Orlando in the quarter. Down the stretch, after a Nikola Vucevic layup cut New York's lead to two, 102-100, Anthony drove the lane for a layup, missed, collected his own rebound, then tipped it in. After a J.J. Redick missed three-pointer, Anthony nailed a turnaround fadeaway to bump the lead to six. A Jason Kidd three-pointer with 1:45 left made it 109-102 and sealed the game.
Anthony's 40 led the way, along with six rebounds and six assists. Tyson Chandler tossed in 14 points and 12 rebounds. For Orlando, Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo were the top scorers with 29 points.