Knicks, Magic battle at MSG
(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic hit the road for a pair of games
when they take on the New York Knicks tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Orlando has won two of its last three and recorded a 103-91 victory over the
Portland Trail Blazers on February 14. Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points and
Darko Milicic had a career-high 21 and eight rebounds to lead the Magic at
All-Star Dwight Howard had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who sit 3
1/2 games behind Washington in the Southeast Division. Carlos Arroyo tallied
15 points with seven assists in the winning effort.
The Magic, who will also visit the Detroit Pistons, have dropped four in a row
on the road and are 9-16 away from Amway Arena this season. Orlando guard
Jameer Nelson (flu) is probable for Tuesday’s game against New York.
During Sunday’s All-Star Game, Howard was the only participant to record a
double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have lost two of their last three games, including a
120-101 setback to the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday in the finale of a
three-game road trip out west.
Nate Robinson poured in a season-best 23 points while Eddy Curry, Renaldo
Balkman and David Lee each netted 13 points for the Knicks, who own a 13-13
mark at MSG this season.
Robinson was unsuccessful in his attempt to repeat as Slam Dunk champion
during Saturday’s All-Star Game festivities. Robinson lost in the final round
to Boston’s Gerald Green.
New York is six games off the lead in the Atlantic Division.
Tuesday’s game between Orlando and New York is the second of three meetings
this season. The Knicks won the first matchup by a 94-86 score on February 3
at Amway Arena.
Orlando, though, has won four of six and five of the last eight meetings with
New York. It also has won three of its last five trips to the Big Apple.