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New York Knicks Defeat Orlando Magic 99-89 to Improve to 5-0

November 14th, 2012 at 7:00 AM
By Pete Kennedy

The New York Knicks, lead by Carmelo Anthony's 25 point effort, defeated the Orlando Magic 99-89. The New York Knicks continue to be the only undefeated team left in the entire league.

 

This season is the first season since 1993-94 where the New York Knicks started a season 5-0. The last two times the Knicks started 4-0, in 1993-94 and 1969-70, they made it all the way to the NBA finals and won it all in 1970. 

'New York Knicks' photo (c) 2009, Mike - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The New York Knicks had a tough time getting started as the Orlando Magic were hanging around for longer then they should have been, but the Knicks turned it on in the fourth quarter and put the game to rest. 

The Orlando Magic had a 1-point lead going into the half and the Knicks looked like they were never going to get over the hump. Yet, they continued to play the tough basketball we have become use to so far this season and played a very strong second half. 

J.J Redick was pacing the Magic in the first half and lead the team with 18 points. But, with Carmelo Anthony at the helm, J.R Smith and Raymond Felton contributed greatly adding 21 points a piece leading the Knicks offensive attack. Raymond Felton also did a great job handling the ball with 5 assists and just 2 turnovers. The other point guards, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni, along with Felton all combined for just 3 turnovers. As a team, the New York Knicks only turned the ball over 9 times to the Orlando Magic's 20. 

'Carmelo Anthony 2011 Shankbone' photo (c) 2011, David Shankbone - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The New York Knicks and their superstar Carmelo Anthony have been preaching the importance of defense since last season ended. So far, through 5 games, the Knicks have played great defense allowing over 90 points only once and 94 is the most points they have allowed in a single game so far. They also had 11 steals against the Magic and average over 10 steals per game this season.

The undefeated New York Knicks have backed up their talk to this point of the season, and with a couple great distributing point guards, some great shooters, some tough big men down low, and of course Carmelo Anthony the New York Knicks look good, really good. If the New York Knicks continue to play great defense having the tone set by, believe it or not, Carmelo Anthony expect them to have continued success and be a force in this league. 

 

 

Tags: Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Melo, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton, undefeated team

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