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Short handed Magic don’t have enough for the Knicks in 118-88 loss

Short handed Magic don't have enough for the Knicks in 118-88 loss
Orlando, Florida, USA, April 3, 2022, New York Knicks Shooting Guard RJ Barrett #9 attempt to make a basket in the first quarter at the Amway Center. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

ORLANDO, FL – The Orlando Magic played the New York Knicks on Sunday night at the Amway Center, and the short handed Magic were handed a 118-88 Loss.

Orlando, a team that never loses its fight, had their hands full with the under achieving Knicks.

Orlando, already dealing with injuries to Wendell Carter Jr., potential rookie of the year Franz Wagner (injured on Friday in a battle with Toronto) and others, lost one of its key leaders in Cole Anthony with a toe injury early in the first quarter.

Short handed Magic don't have enough for the Knicks in 118-88 loss
Orlando, Florida, USA, April 3, 2022, Orlando Magic Point Guard Cole Anthony Jumps to take a shot in the first quarter at the Amway Center. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

Orlando managed to keep things fairly close, ending the first quarter down 29-20. By the half, New York still maintained a 10 point lead, but Orlando still managed to hang in there, not too far behind.

In the third quarter, the Knicks blew the doors off the joint. In the third quarter, the Knicks dominated the Magic 37-15.

Short handed Magic don't have enough for the Knicks in 118-88 loss
Orlando, Florida, USA, April 3, 2022, New York Knicks face the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

The lack of having Carter battling on the inside left a void that managed to be a filed day for the Knicks big men.

The Knicks dominated points in the paint against the magic 50-28, second chance points 20-11 and fast break points 16-6 for the game.

With the loss, the Magic are one step closer to securing the best odds in the NBA Draft lottery.

Short handed Magic don't have enough for the Knicks in 118-88 loss
Orlando, Florida, USA, April 3, 2022, Orlando Magic small Forward Ignas Brazdeikis #17 looks to make a pass during the 4th quarter at the Amway Center. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

Bright spots? Well, there weren’t many. Orlando was forced to start Ignas Brazdeikis (13 points)and lost Cole 2: 38 minutes into the game. Devin Cannady didn’t have his magic tonight and showed a lot of room for growth, scoring 4 points in his 27min.

Markelle Fultz brought the energy and some spectacular play, but his eleven points and six assists weren’t nearly enough.

Short handed Magic don't have enough for the Knicks in 118-88 loss
Orlando, Florida, USA, April 3, 2022, Orlando Magic’s Markelle Fultz #20 attempt to make a basket in the second half at the Amway Center. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

Without key scorers like Wagner, Carter, and even the fight of Anthony, this was just another game to get through to get through the season, as the Magic have only three more games left in this party before its off season, vacation, and back to the drawing board.

The Magic face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday at the Amway Center on Tuesday night at 7pm, an away game vs the Charlotte Hornets on Thrusday, and finish the season at home against the Miami Heat on Sunday April 10th.

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