Knicks overrun injured Magic squad; Baby breaks foot
The Orlando Magic suffered their 18th loss in their last 20 games as they fell in New York to the Knicks by a score of 113-97. The Magic were without two starters for the majority of the night, but managed to keep a close game until a huge New York 4th quarter.
The Magic came into the game already missing Arron Afflalo who was sidelined with a sprained left calf and to make matters worse, Glen “Big Baby” Davis left the game after just 4 minutes after breaking his foot.
#Magic PF Glen Davis has a broken left foot and has been sent back to Orlando. No timetable on a return. Happened on a fast break in 1st Q.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) January 31, 2013
J.J. Redick tied the game at 62-62 after a made 3-pointer with 7:18 left in the 3rd quarter. The Magic wouldn’t sniff the lead for the rest of the night as the Knicks ratcheted up their defense from that point forward, leading by as much as 18 late in the 4th quarter.
Redick would finish the night with 29 points while Jameer Nelson had 21 points and 9 assists. The Knicks All-Star’s led them on the night as Tyson Chandler finished with 21 points and Carmelo Anthony had 20 points.
Props to Maurice Harkless who played strong defense on Melo for the majority of the night. In the end, it obviously wasn’t enough as the Knicks used their size, aggressiveness and ball movement to overwhelm the undermanned Magic squad.
The story of the night for the Magic obviously lies with Baby’s injury. Orlando had no chance to make a playoff run, but they did have a chance to showcase Baby as a valuable piece to a contending team. His trade value at the deadline becomes null at this point.
The Magic are back in action on Friday night in Boston against the Rondo-less Celtics.