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Knick Knacks; Knicks improve to 5-0.

by Photo of Steve Scafidi

Despite a scare from the Orlando Magic, New York remains undefeated at 5-0

Knick Knacks; Knicks improve to 5-0.

For the fifth straight game, the New York Knicks have held their opponent to under 100 points.

For the first time since 1993, the New York Knicks have started their season 5-0.

The Orlando Magic did not go down easy, though. They made the Knicks fight tooth and nail for a tough, grind it out 99-89 victory in Orlando. In what was a shaky game throughout three quarters on both ends of the ball, New York finally gained momentum in the fourth quarter and were able to put the Magic away. Carmelo Anthony put the team on his back and put the game away late in the fourth, hitting a three followed by a turnaround J on the baseline to ice it. Melo's game-high 25 was accompanied by two 21-point scorers in J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton.

J.R Smith was inserted into the game early in the second half for Ronnie Brewer after the Knicks had gone extremely cold on the offensive end. Smith came in and immediately made an impact hitting two quick buckets and recording a steal. This was in the middle of a tough battle with multiple lead changes between the Magic and the Knicks. Orlando is a young team that showed their lack of a number one threat tonight. The wealth was shared across the board for Orlando giving way for seven double-digit scorers. J.J. Redick had his way off the dribble with New York chipping in 18 points. But New York's defense got back on track in the fourth quarter and began to look like the defensive stalwart fans have become quite fond of this season. 

Jason Kidd may not have shown up big in the box score, but he really was the deciding factor between winning and losing. Kidd stepped up and made two huge plays in the fourth quarter to help put the nail in the coffin. He buried a three late and set up Carmelo on the baseline for a crucial two points. Games like this are games that make New York fans thankful they singed a player like Jason Kidd with incomparable intangibles and experience late in games. 

New York is absolutely rolling right now. Mike Woodson was holding everyone accountable for mistakes tonight and it showed up when you looked at who was on the court and who wasn't. Woodson previously stated that the offense won't be there some nights and games will be won on the defensive end of the ball. Tonight was a great test for New York, winning a game that they probably would have let go in previous years. Being the mature, savy team they are now, it is well known from the first man to the 15th man that these games on the road are must wins against lesser opponents. 

On a different note, a scary moment occurred after the first quarter of action when an Orlando Magic cheerleader was dropped and fell on her head. She was immediately helped by paramedics on the sidelines and placed on a stretcher. She waved her arms in the air as she was escorted while the Orlando crowd gave the cheerleader an ovation. 

The Knicks look to continue their terrific basketball in San Antonio on Thursday followed by Memphis on Friday. New York will have their hands full against two of the best teams in the Western Conference.

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