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Magic reserves pound Knicks

Orlando's backups score 60 points in 98-77 victory on road.

The undermanned Magic still had enough in reserve to beat the Knicks.

Former USF standout Chucky Atkins tied his career-high with 22 points as Orlando's backups scored 60 points in a 98-77 victory Tuesday night.

The Magic, which lost Monday night to Phoenix, played with nine healthy players, having traded Tariq Abdul-Wahad and Chris Gatling to Denver earlier in the day for Ron Mercer, Chauncey Billups and Johnny Taylor.

"We knew we only had nine guys, but that doesn't change the intensity we came here with," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "We played a tough game last night, got here at 3 a.m. with nine guys and just played hard all night."

Despite missing its second- and third-leading scorers, Orlando took control early and didn't tire down the stretch.

The Knicks, coming off their highest scoring game of the season, a 120-111 victory over Sacramento Sunday, had only 10 points in the first quarter _ their lowest output of the season.

"Either you are prepared to play or you're not, and obviously tonight we weren't," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said.

The Knicks, who complained before the game about having only one player on the All-Star team, played a game befitting a team with no All-Stars.

"There was a lot of talk about the All-Star game," said Allan Houston, who was picked as an All-Star for the first time in his career. "It's hard to blame the loss on that. We have four games until the break, and we have to take advantage of the position we're in."

Houston had 12 points, and Latrell Sprewell, snubbed by the Eastern Conference coaches, eight. Marcus Camby led New York with 23 points.

Orlando placed forward Derek Strong on the injured list.

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