Rashard Lewis Leads Magic to 118-104 Win Over Knicks


December 2, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. — Rashard Lewis scored 17 of his 20 points in the third quarter, helping the Orlando Magic pull away for an easy 118-104 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Dwight Howard added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mickael Pietrus had 17 points as Orlando scored 41 points in the decisive third quarter. The Magic have won nine of their last 10 games.

Wilson Chandler had 24 points, and Danilo Gallinari added 20 points for the struggling Knicks, who have lost six of their last seven games. Reserve Nate Robinson didn't play for the Knicks even after the guard scored 24 points – 22 in the fourth quarter — in a loss to the Magic last week in New York.

It took the Magic time to find their mark.

After a slow start from beyond the arc, Orlando's potent 3-point shooters finally came alive. And the Knicks' shaky defense didn't do much to stop them.

Lewis and Pietrus highlighted a big third-quarter push, making a flurry of 3-pointers during a stretch that had Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni stomping his foot and screaming for timeouts.

The breaks did little to slow the Magic's run.

Lewis followed one of D'Antoni's timeouts by making a running layup, then back-to-back 3-pointers that only frustrated New York's coach. With every make, D'Antoni kept crossing his arms and looking down the bench for answers, but his team couldn't do much to slow Orlando.

New York wasn't the only team struggling early.

The Magic (14.3 percent) and the Knicks (18.2 percent) shot poorly from 3-point range in the first half, and defense in the paint was spotty at best. Orlando's crowd was largely lethargic for most of the half until Lewis swatted a fast-break layup by Gallinari from behind in the final minutes.

Wearing their old black pinstripe uniforms, the Magic sprinted out to a 12-point lead on a pair of dunks by Howard only to watch that cushion dwindle. But Orlando's big man was enough to help his team go ahead 51-39 at intermission until the Magic poured it on late.

It was hardly a surprise that Tiger Woods didn't show up at his courtside seat, but he still managed to create a minor buzz. Several fans stopped by the media section, a few feet from Woods' seat, to ask if the world's No. 1 golfer would be in attendance. Woods, who issued a "profound apology" Wednesday following allegations of infidelity that have only been magnified after his car accident outside his central Florida home last week, has season tickets to Magic games. He usually attends about a half dozen games a year in Orlando. … The Knicks played without C Eddy Curry, who missed his fifth straight game because of a sore left knee. D'Antoni said "maybe" Curry will practice Thursday.

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