Magic outlasts Knicks

The Magic’s Dwight Howard, left, and the Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire tally points, bruises and techs in a physical battle.

Associated Press

The Magic’s Dwight Howard, left, and the Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire tally points, bruises and techs in a physical battle.

ORLANDO — The Magic has held only one full practice since its radical facelift Dec. 18, but it still has become a more cohesive, more balanced team on the offensive end of the floor.

The Magic won its fifth consecutive game Thursday, holding on to beat the Knicks 112-103 at Amway Center.

Dwight Howard emerged from his bruising battle with Amare Stoudemire with 24 points and 18 rebounds, but in a sign that the Magic players are jelling, six others scored in double figures.

"We're extremely comfortable with each other right now," backup power forward Ryan Anderson said. "It's kind of surprising to see a team come together in such a short amount of time, but we're doing it."

The additions of Gilbert Arenas, Earl Clark, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu have made Orlando a better passing team and better suited to play at a faster pace. Orlando took 86 shots, six shy of its season high for field-goal attempts.

"I thought the faster pace benefitted us more than it benefitted them," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Orlando didn't earn many style points in its victory, which saw Howard pick up his 12th technical foul of the season.

The Magic led by 20 late in the second quarter, only to see the Knicks claw back behind Stoudemire's game-high 30 points and four rebounds — he also got his 10th technical foul.

A three-point play by Stoudemire cut Orlando's lead to 98-96 with 4:12 left, but the Magic showed some grit.

Richardson sank a 3-pointer to extend the Magic's lead to five points. After Raymond Felton made one of two foul shots, Turkoglu swished a 3-pointer over Stoudemire to open a 104-97 lead with 2:21 left.

The announced crowd of 19,090, a franchise attendance record, could breathe easy.

Game highlight: Tim Duncan scored 17 and reserve Gary Neal had 21 as the Spurs beat the host Mavericks 99-93.

Around the league: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett could miss two weeks because of a strained right calf. … The Blazers said All-Star guard Brandon Roy will be out "indefinitely" because of sore knees. … Rockets forward Chuck Hayes, the team's top interior defender in Yao Ming's absence, will miss 2-4 weeks after spraining his right ankle in practice.

Magic 112, Knicks 103

NEW YORK (103): Gallinari 2-5 6-7 10, Chandler 11-19 4-6 29, Stoudemire 12-22 6-9 30, Felton 6-22 1-2 14, Fields 0-3 0-0 0, S.Williams 5-7 2-2 15, Douglas 2-4 0-0 5, Turiaf 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-82 19-26 103.

ORLANDO (112): Turkoglu 6-12 3-6 17, Bass 5-8 4-4 14, Howard 8-19 8-13 24, Nelson 5-11 0-0 10, J.Richardson 3-9 2-4 9, Anderson 5-8 1-2 14, Redick 5-9 3-3 14, Arenas 4-10 0-0 10, Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-86 21-32 112.

New York 23 21 27 32— 103

Orlando 22 40 20 30— 112

3-Point GoalsNew York 8-22 (S.Williams 3-5, Chandler 3-6, Douglas 1-2, Felton 1-7, Gallinari 0-1, Fields 0-1), Orlando 9-27 (Anderson 3-5, Arenas 2-5, Turkoglu 2-6, Redick 1-2, J.Richardson 1-6, Nelson 0-3). Fouled OutTurkoglu. ReboundsNew York 41 (Chandler 9), Orlando 66 (Howard 18). AssistsNew York 20 (Felton 6), Orlando 22 (Nelson 7). Total FoulsNew York 27, Orlando 21. TechnicalsStoudemire, Howard. A19,090.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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