NEW YORK (AP) — Evan Fournier scored a career-high 28 points, and the Orlando Magic bounced back from a poor finish with a good one, handing the New York Knicks a sixth straight loss with a 97-95 victory Wednesday night.
Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who led by 11 points after three quarters in Toronto a night earlier, only to lose 104-100. This time, they trailed 85-84 midway through the final period before taking control.
Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points for the Knicks, who were held to 19 in the fourth quarter and still haven’t reached 100 this season.
Fournier was credited with a basket on a goaltending call with 4:27 left to cap a run of five straight points and gave Orlando an 89-85 lead. He later added another free throw during an 8-2 run that made it 92-87, as the Knicks had just one basket in 4 1/2 minutes.
But the Knicks had a chance after Anthony made a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds to cut it to 96-95. Fournier missed the second of two free throws with 3.8 to go, but J.R. Smith was nowhere close on a potential winning 3-point attempt. Smith finished with 19 points.
Orlando snapped a four-game losing streak in New York.
The Magic scored the final seven points of the first quarter to take a 31-27 lead. They had another 7-0 spurt to finish the first half and take a 56-50 advantage to the locker room.
Magic: A number of Magic players have ties to the New York area, including Tobias Harris (Dix Hills, New York), Ben Gordon (Mount Vernon) and Maurice Harkless (St. John’s University). … The Magic have played two sets of back-to-backs. They are 0-2 on the first night and 2-0 on the second.
Knicks: Quincy Acy started at forward for the first time since Nov. 2 against Charlotte, the third game of the season. The Knicks had won the only two games he started. … Tim Hardaway Jr. sat out the entire first half, but started the second. He finished with two points on 1-of-8 shooting.
Magic: Host Milwaukee on Friday.
Knicks: Host Utah on Friday.
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