Amare Stoudemire registered a game-high 30 points, and Wilson Chandler added a season-high 29 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, losers in five of seven.
“We did a good job of fighting back,” Stoudemire said. “Defensively, they got too many easy baskets on us.”
Orlando built its lead with 40 second-quarter points before holding on down the stretch.
Ryan Anderson hit a pair of threes in the opening minutes of the second quarter, with the last of them capping a 12-3 run that provided a 34-26 lead.
“We’re learning what each other can do, and we’re passing the ball,” Anderson said. “We’re just looking for each other’s shots and creating openings.”
Howard hit a pair of free throws midway through to place the margin at nine, and an emphatic dunk by the center put Orlando ahead, 50-36, with over three minutes remaining.
The Magic closed the half with seven of the final nine points to grab a seemingly comfortable 62-44 advantage at the break.
Chandler and Raymond Felton began New York’s second-half charge with consecutive threes to trim the deficit to 12. A Danilo Gallinari dunk made it a nine-point game before Chandler hit a 17-foot jumper for a six-point difference.
Orlando put itself back up by 11, 82-71, heading to the fourth, but the Knicks went on an 8-2 run to get to within two. Stoudemire’s three-point play with 4:11 left countered a Howard dunk for a 98-96 game, but New York couldn’t pull even.
Richardson answered with a three-pointer, and Turkoglu hit another moments later for a 104-97 Magic lead with 2:20 remaining. The Knicks didn’t get closer than six from there.
These two teams were scheduled to play in New York on November 2 before an asbestos problem forced the postponement of the contest until March 28…Howard received his 14th technical foul in the first quarter, leaving him two shy of an automatic one-game suspension…Stoudemire has 20 points in 17 straight games, the longest stretch in team history since Patrick Ewing did it for 17 straight in 1994.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will finish up a tough two-game tour of the Sunshine State tonight hoping for more than a moral victory when they take on the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.
The Knicks came up a little short in Miami on Tuesday, when Dwyane Wade poured in a season-high 40 points and pulled down nine rebounds, as the Heat held off New York, 106-98.
Amare Stoudemire finished with 30 points and seven rebounds for the Knicks, who have dropped four of six overall. Stoudemire has now scored 20 or more points in 16 straight games, the longest such streak for New York since Patrick Ewing's 17 consecutive games from Jan. 8 - Feb. 6, 1994.
Miami held a 53-40 margin at the half, and took an 80-65 lead into the fourth. Trailing by 11 at 95-84, the Knicks used a 10-2 run to make things interesting. Stoudemire's tip-in followed by Felton's technical free throw made it a 97-94 contest with two minutes remaining. Wade stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer at the other end, however, as Miami earned the victory.
"They started the game hot. They played with a lot of energy and were aggressive," Stoudemire said. "We started off slow, but we gave a lot more energy in the second half."
The Magic, meanwhile, have started to surge again, winning their fourth straight contest in Cleveland on Tuesday when Jason Richardson made four three-pointers en route to 20 points, as Orlando used a big fourth quarter to take down the struggling Cavaliers, 110-95, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Gilbert Arenas had 22 points and 11 assists off the bench and fellow reserve J.J. Redick added 14 points for the Magic, who have won four in a row after dropping eight of nine.