Knicks 113, Magic 97

The New York Knicks finally got a glimpse of what the front line

of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler can do

hitting on all cylinders, and it was pretty impressive.

Anthony scored 20 points to set a team-record with his 30th

straight 20-point game, and Chandler and Stoudemire combined for 35

points on 17 of 18 shooting from the field in leading the Knicks to

a 113-97 victory over the reeling Orlando Magic on Wednesday

night.

”When I first got here I always said it was going to take maybe

three years,” Anthony said of meshing with his fellow bigs who all

came to New York between June 30, 2010 and Dec. 9, 2011. ”We had

two half seasons to make something happen overnight. Now this

season we can go through ups and downs and try to make something

happen. When the three of us are on the court, we are making things

happen offensively and defensively.”

The trio was at their best in the third quarter in sending

Orlando to its seventh straight loss and 18th in 20 games. They

combined for 18 of New York’s 28 points and keyed a late run that

gave New York the lead for good.

”The third quarter was great,” said Stoudemire, who hit all

seven of his shots. ”We played great defensively. We were able to

get a good lead and capitalize. Anytime guys are double-teamming

Carmelo, it gives us a chance to open a lead.”

Chandler had one of his best games in week. The All-Star center

finished with 21 points on 10 of 11 shooting, along with seven

rebounds and a season-high five assists.

”I had a couple of rough games and I felt like I really wanted

to get into the offense early,” Chandler said. ”So I came out and

made it a point to be more aggressive.”

Knicks coach Mike Woodson was thrilled with his big men.

”That’s the beauty of having two big guys play and Melo plays

big as well,” Woodson said after his team beat the Magic for the

third time in as many games this season. ”It’s kind of nice to

have three big guys like that up front playing.”

JJ Redick scored 29 points and fellow guard Jameer Nelson added

21 for Orlando, but they both ran out of gas in the second half

when the Knicks took control, especially on the inside. Nikola

Vucevic was the only other player in double figures for the

short-handed Magic with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Orlando came into the game without leading scorer Aaron Afflalo

and it lost another starter a little more than four minutes into

the game when power forward Glen Davis broke his left foot.

”I just wished him the best,” Nelson said. ”I gave him a hug.

There is nothing you can say to a guy other than: `I’m here for

you.’ I hope everything goes well for him. I feel bad for

him.”

Raymond Felton added 15 points and J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni

had 11 for New York, which shot a season-high 57.3 percent from the

field.

The Knicks took advantage of Davis’ absence as Chandler and

Stoudemire had a free run on the inside. New York dominated in the

paint, outscoring Orlando 54-42, on a night that Anthony broke

Richie Guerin’s team mark.

”Any record that you have a chance to get or break or tie, that

is the fun part,” said Anthony, who was 8 of 17 from the field.

”Tonight was my chance to break the record. It makes it fun out

there when you are looking forward to something. Records are made

to be broken.”

Guerin, who is 80 and retired in Florida, congratulated Anthony

on the MSG Network’s postgame show.

”…in today’s day and age, with three point shot, a lot of

records are meant to be broken. It couldn’t happen to a better

guy,” Guerin said.

The Knicks big run came in the third quarter right after Redick

hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 62 with 7:20 to go.

Chandler, who had been in double figures only once in his last

seven games, tipped in a rebound and scored on an alley-oop from

Smith and Stoudemire tallied on a driving layup for a 68-62

lead.

The Magic twice cut the deficit to four points, but Stoudemire

slammed home a dunk and Prigioni nailed a 3-pointer to stretch the

lead to 75-68 and Orlando never threatened again.

Nelson and Redick kept the Magic in the game in the first half,

combining for 36 points on 14 of 20 shooting from the field. Redick

made his first seven shots, including three from long range, and

didn’t miss until late in the half.

NOTES: Guerin had the Knicks old record of 29 straight 20-point

games, set in 1961-62. …This is the second game on a four-game

road trip for Orlando, which has games left at Boston and

Milwaukee. …New York is 16-6 at home this season. …The Knicks

played without backup point guard Jason Kidd, who was out with a

sore lower back. …Afflalo, who was averaging 16.7 points, missed

his second straight with a strained left calf.