Magic 105, Knicks 100 — Postgame Report

Knicks forward Michael Beasley is defended under the

"I was just being aggressive whenever I got a good look at the basket", he said.

Clearly unhappy with his team's defensive effort and toughness in those early moments of the first and third quarters, Vogel seemed to awaken his club during these pep talks and helped them regain their composure. But down the stretch they just didn't have enough, falling 105-100.

Porzingis is also battling an illness that forced him to miss practice on Saturday, and with a nagging ankle sprain the Knicks are going to hold him out Sunday. After getting off to a slow start this season, Hardaway Jr. has become more comfortable in the Knicks offensive system, scoring in double figures in 17 of his last 18 games.

It is unclear if Porzingis will be available for Monday's game at Indiana. Hardaway won't travel, the team said. The status of Porzingis is uncertain. Enes Kanter had 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Lance Thomas provided a spark off the bench with 11 points.

Knick of the Night: Michael Beasley started in place of Porzingis and finished with 21 points on 52.6 percent shooting in 27 minutes of floor time.


Nikola Vucevic led Orlando (10-14) with 34 points and 12 rebounds.

But Orlando managed to take a two-point lead into the fourth quarter and with the score tied at 85-85 after Courtney Lee, who had 19 points, scored on a layup, cutting along the baseline and taking a pass from Kanter, the Magic took over. Vucevic scored seven straight points for the Magic before that.

Missing 43 points of offense the best you could say is that the Knicks competed. "So when they get opportunities guys usually step it up". Evan Fournier went to the line and made both free throws with 23.7 seconds left to make it 101-96. Jarrett Jack scored quickly with 16.7 seconds remaining to close the gap to three again and called timeout.

But the Knicks' bench provided them with some life. But the Knicks scored the final six points of the quarter and by halftime had cut the deficit down to 54-51. The Knicks responded, however, and eventually had the lead on a few occasions during the third quarter. Doug McDermott would see an uptick in playing time as well. He converted the free throw. NY then scored the first six points of the second half, taking a lead. That represented their biggest lead of the quarter.

Porzingis (ankle/illness) will not play in Monday's game against the Pacers, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

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