Howard grabbed nine offensive rebounds for the Magic, who have won five straight after losing the first two games with their new acquisitions.
“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.