NBA Game Recap - New York at Orlando
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

MIN
95
PHI
117
F
NY
83
ORL
95
F
CHI
111
CLE
117
F
DET
113
TOR
125
F
IND
118
BKN
108
F
MIL
105
BOS
116
F
HOU
159
WAS
158
F
POR
102
OKC
99
F
LAC
96
UTA
110
F
CHA
118
SAC
111
F
PHO
121
GS
110
F

Orlando 95, New York 83

Oct 30, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

New York (1-4)

25

19

23

16

83

Orlando (2-2)

22

20

30

23

95

Nikola Vucevic, Magic rally to beat Knicks 95-83
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:42 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic's shooting woes continue early in the season. So has their dogged defense.

Nikola Vucevic scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds and Aaron Gordon scored 10 of his 15 points in the final five minutes of the game to help Orlando beat New York 95-83 on Wednesday night to end a two-game losing streak.

Evan Fournier added 14 points, Jonathan Isaac had 10 and Orlando finished on a 16-3 run.

The Magic limited New York to just one basket and one free throw in the final eight minutes to rally from an 80-79 deficit. Orlando allowed the Knicks just one of 11 shooting and forced three turnovers in that game-deciding stretch.

"We're trying to find our way offensively, but I do believe we had great defensive talent on this roster," Magic coach Steve Clifford said. "Through these first 10-12 games, we can defend and compete our way through until we get our offense going. That's what we did tonight."

The defense was very much needed. Orlando, the worst shooting team in the NBA going into the game, had a nice run in the third quarter - hitting 13 of 20 shots - but the rest of the game was a struggle.

Gordon had only five points when he nailed a 3-pointer that ignited the Magic's fourth quarter rally. After a Vucevic layup, Gordon drilled another 3-pointer, a follow shot and capped the run with a reverse dunk. It was his most impressive offensive stretch in the young season.

"It was part of the process of getting to the open spots, being in the right place and trusting my teammates," Gordon said. "They made great passes that allowed me to shoot the shots in rhythm."

Julius Randle led New York with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mitchell Robinson had 12 points, all in the first half, and Bobby Portis added 12.

The Knicks withstood Orlando's offensive surge in the third quarter by scoring the last 10 points of the period. New York, which trailed by 15 at one point in the quarter, erased the last of that deficit when Portis hit a 3-pointer to put the Knicks up 80-79 with 8:05 left in the game.

However, there wasn't much offense to talk about after that.

"Two things happened in the fourth quarter: we didn't come up with loose balls and the ball stopped moving," Knicks coach David Fizdale said. "It was a trust factor. In tight situations, you've got to share the ball. When the ball stops moving for us, it's death."

The Magic, who have struggled with their shooting in every game, entered the game last in the NBA in shooting percentage, lived down to that reputation in the first half, hitting just 15 of 45 shots. No Magic player reached double figures in the first half, but New York couldn't make them pay for it.

The Knicks, playing without their two top point guards, Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton, got an unexpected 12 points from Robinson in the first half, but not much else from his teammates. New York did take a 44-42 into halftime.

TIP INS

Knicks: F Marcus Morris had four blocked shots in the first half. ... F Julius Randle has a double-double in every game this season.

Magic: Orlando hasn't scored 100 points in a game this season. ... The Magic outrebounded the Knicks 52-44. ... The Magic limited New York to just 26.3 percent shooting (5 of 19) in the fourth quarter.

LETTING YOUR GUARD DOWN

Frank Ntilikina was the only point guard available for the Knicks Wednesday, but Coach David Fizdale declined to start him because he said was afraid Ntilikina would get in foul trouble.

Ntilikina, who hadn't scored in 25 minutes this season, came in at the 5:29 mark of the first quarter and hit three of his first four shots, including a 32-footer at the buzzer. However, he didn't make another shot the rest of the game. He finished with two personal fouls.

UP NEXT:

Knicks: At Boston on Friday night.

Magic: Host Milwaukee on Friday night.

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Leaders

New York PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Randle 16 -16 7 10 0 1
M. Robinson 12 -9 2 5 0 3
Orlando PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Vucevic 21 24 4 13 1 1
A. Gordon 15 17 1 11 1 1

Team Comparison

NY ORL
Points For 83 95
Field Goals 31/82-38% 37/88-42%
Three Pointers 7/31-23% 12/32-38%
Free Throws 14/20-70% 9/12-75%
Offensive Rebounds 10 14
Defensive Rebounds 34 38
Rebounds 55 56
Blocks 10 6
Steals 1 5
Turnovers 11 7
Points Scored Off Turnovers 13 13
Points in the Paint 26 32
Fast Break Points 0 11
Personal Fouls 15 17
Technical Fouls 0 2
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - ORL Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Oct 30 NY 83 @ ORL 95 W. Ellington 2 T. Ross 2

Game Information

Stadium: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,456
Game Time: 2:04