During a five-game losing streak, many wondered if the New York Knicks could sway the momentum. The defensive-minded New York team looked like their former selves after taking control in their Knicks vs Magic matchup. The Knicks held the Magic to just 84 points in a 91-84 victory.
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It was back-to-back double-double efforts. After finishing with two players with a double-double on Sunday, the Knicks doubled down on Monday with the same players. Nobody could question that Julius Randle and RJ Barrett were ready to play in the Knicks vs Magic.
The double-double machines
Randle finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Barrett added 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Knicks didn’t have an off day between victories, so their consecutive double-double performance should be even more impressive. On Sunday against the Celtics, Randle had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Barrett had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Elfrid Payton’s hammer
Payton secured one of the best highlights in the game. Payton went right through the lane to throw the hammer down. It was an odd sighting given that Payton doesn’t normally throw down hard slam dunks, but this one was a beauty. Payton was originally drafted by the Magic before he was traded to the Suns. Payton finished the game with 12 points.
The young team won in Knicks vs Magic
The game tipped-off at noon, which is an unorthodox start for both teams. The Knicks shot 37% from the field, while Orland shot 32%. However, it was the collective younger team in New York that took the victory. After the game, Randle acknowledged that the team is still learning.
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Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Terrance Ross added 19 points off the bench. Cole Anthony, starting in place of Markelle Fultz, finished the game 2-of-12 from the field. The Magic dropped to 6-8 on the season after such a strong start. The resulting loss from the Knicks vs Magic matchup was the sixth consecutive defeat for Orlando.
Climbing back up the standings
The win put New York to 7-8 on the season. The Knicks were the No. 9 seed in the playoff race before the game began. If the Knicks can make the playoffs, it would be a huge win for a franchise that has loads of salary cap space after this year. Either way, it’s great seeing development from an underdog team.
Relying on the starters in Knicks vs Magic
All five starters played over 30 minutes. The bench is going to need to step up next time around. Randle and Barrett played 39 and 38 minutes respectively.
The Knicks have the next two days off and take on the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. The entire team is going to need an off day, especially Randle and Barrett after leading the team to these last two hard-fought victories.