Hill’s Magic leads Orlando past struggling Knicks
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Grant Hill had 26 points, five rebounds and
four assists to lead Orlando to a 105-95 victory over the New York Knicks at
TD Waterhouse Centre.
Steve Francis added 17 points and six assists for the Magic, who won their
second straight game. Tony Battie chipped in with 13 points and 10 boards
while DeShawn Stevenson had 14 for Orlando.
Eddy Curry topped the Knicks with a season-high 29 points and nine rebounds
off the bench. Jamal Crawford had 24 points for New York, who lost for the
ninth time in 10 games while rookie Channing Frye had 12.
The Knicks continued to suffer through a miserable season. Although they kept
the game competitive for most of the first half, New York slowly started
losing ground in the second.
After Jameer Nelson sprinted pass the flat-footed New York defense for an easy
driving layup with 10:32 left in the game, the Magic had their biggest lead,
Curry tried to get the Knicks back in it with four straight points but Hedo
Turkoglu answered with a three from the top to extend the lead back to 15,
92-77, with 7:52 remaining.
Later, a 12-4 tear capped by a Crawford trey put the Knicks within six,
100-94, with 2:11 left.
The Knicks were unable to draw any closer the rest of the way.
The Magic sprinted out to a 28-18 advantage after one quarter behind the hot
shooting of Hill.
The Knicks closed the gap to six, 52-46, at the break. Curry paced New York
with 16 in just six minutes of action off the bench. Francis and Battie
both netted nine for Orlando.
The Magic continued to distance themselves from New York in the third and took
an 11-point edge, 82-71, into the final frame.
New York got 75 of its 95 points from the bench tonight…Stephon Marbury
appeared sullen and disinterested for the Knicks. The mercurial guard scored
just five points and was 0-of-7 from the floor…Orlando is now 7-9 at home
this season…The Knicks are 3-12 on the road…Orlando has won four of the
last five meetings in the series.