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Vucevic scores 26 to help Magic hold off Knicks 89-83

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nik Vucevic had 28 points and 18 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off the New York Knicks 89-83 on Wednesday night.

Victor Oladipo added 19 points and Willie Green 13 off the bench. It helped offset a third-quarter injury to starting forward Channing Frye, who left with a dislocated left index finger.

The victory stopped a two-game skid by the Magic. It also improved interim coach James Borrego’s record to 2-2 since taking over for Jacque Vaughn, who was fired last week.

Jason Smith led the Knicks with 25 points.

New York struggled offensively throughout, scoring just 36 points in the second half.

The Knicks played without forward Carmelo Anthony, who sat out their final game before the All-Star break with of a sore left knee.

Following a string of 14 straight games in which Magic foes scored 100 or more points, Wednesday marked the fourth consecutive outing that Orlando has held an opponent under 100.

It was more impressive considering that Orlando entered the night already short a starter with Tobias Harris sidelined for the second consecutive game with a sore right knee.

But they made due without him, and took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter.

The lead stayed in that range for most of the quarter until the Magic used an 8-0 run to push it up to 83-75 on a jumper by Vucevic with less than 3 minutes to play.

Following a pair of free throws by New York’s Langston Galloway, Vucevic then scored four straight points to give the Magic a 10-point cushion with 1:04 remaining.

The Knicks led 47-44 at the half, thanks to 21 first-half points from Smith, who missed only one of his first 12 shots.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Were held to 13 points in the third quarter. … Anthony missed his 13th game of the season. F Lance Thomas (strained groin) also sat out.

Magic: Finished with nine blocks, led by Dewayne Dedmon’s career-high six. … Vucevic posted his 32nd double-double of the season. … The Magic had nine turnovers in the second quarter, compared to only seven field goals in the period.

UP NEXT

Magic: Host Hornets on Feb. 20.

Knicks: Host Miami on Feb. 20.

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