Nelson rallies Magic past Knicks
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jameer Nelson scored 18 points, hitting a pair
of three-pointers down the stretch, to lift the Orlando Magic over the New
York Knicks, 94-89, at Madison Square Garden.
Hedo Turkoglu also had 18 points and Tony Battie tallied 14 points for the
Magic, who have won two in a row and moved one-half game ahead of the idle New
Jersey Nets for seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Dwight Howard
added 10 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks for Orlando, which rallied in the
final minute for the win.
Stephon Marbury scored 32 points to lead New York, which failed to hold onto
a four-point lead with 1:51 left and lost for the fourth straight time. Eddy
Curry added 17 points for the Knicks, who fell two games behind the Nets for
the final playoff spot in the conference.
New York started the fourth quarter down 70-64 and trailed 72-64 after an
early bucket by Turkoglu. The Knicks, though, ran off seven straight points,
and Curry later capped a 10-2 run with a hook shot at the 7:23 mark to tie the
game at 74.
J.J. Redick answered with a three-pointer to put Orlando back in front, and
Turkoglu’s trey with 4:17 left put Orlando ahead 82-77.
New York, however, again had an answer. This time Curry ended an 8-0 run with
a three-point play with 1:51 left to give the Knicks an 86-82 edge.
Battie, though, drew the Magic within 86-84 next time down the floor. And,
after Malik Rose hit 1-of-2 free throws, Nelson hit the first of two big
three-pointers. His second trey with 38 seconds left gave the Magic the lead
for good, 90-87.
On the New York possession just prior to Nelson’s go-ahead basket, it appeared
Howard committed a goaltending violation on a shot attempt by Marbury.
However, no call was made despite objection by New York head coach Isiah
Thomas and his players.
New York never recovered. Turkoglu hit two free throws with 21.7 seconds left.
Nate Robinson was blocked by Howard with nine seconds left, and Redick hit two
more free throws with six seconds remaining to ice the win.
Redick ended with 12 points for the Magic, who led 23-21 after one quarter and
trailed 49-45 at halftime.
Orlando beat the Knicks for the first time in three outings this season…New
York’s newest addition, Randolph Morris, was in uniform for the first time,
but did not play…New York fell to 18-18 at home…The Magic improved to
12-24 on the road.