Knicks limit Howard to eight

ORLANDO — The Magic's free fall continued Thursday.

On the day coach Stan Van Gundy claimed star Dwight Howard wants him fired, the Magic lost its fifth consecutive game for the first time in Van Gundy's five-year tenure.

Howard struggled on the offensive end, and the Knicks hit a barrage of 3-pointers as the Knicks beat the Magic 96-80 at Amway Center.

Howard didn't score his first points until a dunk with 3.5 seconds left in the third quarter off a pick-and-roll with J.J. Redick. Howard, who was defended primarily by Tyson Chandler, finished with eight points on 4-for-8 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. He was cheered during pregame introductions, but he was not cheered as raucously as he normally is.

New York took control of the game in the second quarter, making 12 of its 16 shots as it outscored Orlando 33-23.

Playing again without injured center Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks built their lead drilling shot after shot from beyond the arc. The Knicks made eight of their first 11 3-pointers and finished 13-for-25 overall, winning for just the third time in their past 13 visits to Orlando.

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony finished with 19 points and accidentally elbowed the Magic's Hedo Turkoglu beneath the right eye. Turkoglu left bleeding and dazed; he received three stitches, a Magic spokesman said.

Jason Richardson scored 16, but 14 came in the first half.

Orlando (32-23) had not lost five straight since Jan. 12-20, 2007, the season before Van Gundy became the coach.

With the loss, the Magic dropped to sixth place in the East standings. Although Orlando has the same record as Atlanta, the Hawks own the tiebreaker because they have beaten the Magic twice with only one more game remaining between them.

Game highlights: Greg Monroe scored 18, Rodney Stuckey had 15 in his return from injury, and Ben Wallace made five key free throws late as the host Pistons beat the Wizards 99-94.

Around the league: Bulls guard Derrick Rose missed his 12th consecutive game because of a strained groin. He said he is optimistic he will play against the Knicks on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Knicks 96, Magic 80

NEW YORK (96): Anthony 6-16 5-7 19, Fields 4-9 0-6 10, Chandler 6-9 0-0 12, B.Davis 2-6 0-0 5, Shumpert 3-6 2-2 9, J.Smith 6-12 0-0 15, Douglas 7-12 0-0 15, Harrellson 1-2 0-0 2, Novak 3-6 0-0 9, Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-78 7-15 96.

ORLANDO (80): Turkoglu 3-5 0-0 7, G.Davis 6-10 3-3 15, Howard 4-8 0-3 8, Nelson 3-14 1-1 10, J.Richardson 7-18 0-0 16, Clark 0-1 0-0 0, Redick 2-7 5-5 10, Duhon 0-0 0-0 0, Wafer 5-8 1-2 13, I.Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Liggins 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 30-72 11-16 80.

New York 23 33 20 20— 96

Orlando 21 23 17 19— 80

3-Point GoalsNew York 13-25 (J.Smith 3-4, Novak 3-6, Fields 2-4, Anthony 2-5, Shumpert 1-1, Douglas 1-2, B.Davis 1-3), Orlando 9-24 (Nelson 3-6, Wafer 2-2, J.Richardson 2-9, Turkoglu 1-2, Redick 1-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 54 (Chandler 12), Orlando 41 (Howard 8). AssistsNew York 24 (J.Smith 9), Orlando 15 (Nelson 5). Total FoulsNew York 16, Orlando 14. TechnicalsNew York Bench, New York defensive three second. A19,098.

Pistons 99, Wizards 94

WASHINGTON (94): C.Singleton 2-3 0-0 5, Vesely 4-6 2-5 10, Seraphin 7-12 1-2 15, Wall 8-18 12-15 28, Crawford 2-13 4-5 9, Mason 4-10 0-0 11, Martin 2-4 0-0 6, Cook 3-7 2-2 8, Mack 1-3 0-0 2, J.Singleton 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-78 21-29 94.

DETROIT (99): Prince 5-11 3-4 14, Maxiell 4-6 3-6 11, Monroe 7-10 4-6 18, Knight 2-8 0-0 6, Gordon 6-14 1-2 13, Stuckey 6-7 3-4 15, Jerebko 3-5 2-2 9, Wallace 0-0 5-10 5, Wilkins 3-5 1-4 7, Bynum 0-2 1-1 1. Totals 36-68 23-39 99.

Washington 21 19 24 30— 94

Detroit 28 23 25 23— 99

3-Point GoalsWashington 7-21 (Mason 3-6, Martin 2-3, C.Singleton 1-2, Crawford 1-5, Wall 0-1, Mack 0-1, J.Singleton 0-1, Cook 0-2), Detroit 4-10 (Knight 2-4, Prince 1-1, Jerebko 1-2, Bynum 0-1, Stuckey 0-1, Gordon 0-1). Fouled OutSeraphin, Stuckey. ReboundsWashington 45 (Seraphin 9), Detroit 56 (Maxiell 11). AssistsWashington 19 (Wall 10), Detroit 16 (Prince, Stuckey, Wallace 3). Total FoulsWashington 33, Detroit 23. TechnicalsMaxiell. A12,681.

Knicks limit Howard to eight 04/06/12 [Last modified: Friday, April 6, 2012 12:10am]

    

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