New York Knicks cruising to a 121-96 win over the Orlando Magic
The New York Knicks advanced to 2-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season, cruising to a 121-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Julius Randle had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks went to 2-0 for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
For the Knicks, who opened the season with a double-overtime triumph over Boston on Wednesday, Evan Fournier added 18 points. In Orlando’s home opener, New York had it easier. The Knicks hit a franchise-high 24 3-pointers against the rebuilding Magic (0-2), who have outscored 31 points in the second quarter and were barely competitive. The largest lead held by New York was 34 points.
Immanuel Quickley scored 16 points on four three-pointers, and Obit Toppin added 13 points. The Knicks made 50 percent of their shots overall, including 24 of 54 (44.4 percent) from the three-point range.
Franz Wagner, a rookie, led the Magic with 16 points, nailing 4 of 5 3-point attempts. Orlando, which shot 41% from the field, was led by Mo Bamba, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Jalen Suggs scored 14 points on 4-of-17 shooting as a rookie.
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Fournier, who was a standout for Orlando from 2014 to 21 before being traded last spring, hit four three-pointers. Late in the game, Randle received a technical foul for confronting Orlando’s Wendell Carter Jr. after a harsh foul.
To start the game, the Knicks made 18 of their first 31 shots and 10 of their 17 3-point attempts.
Tracy McGrady, a Magic consultant, was on hand for the ceremonial jump ball toss at the Amway Center. “That’s what the whole basketball world wants to know,” McGrady stated when asked why he was left off the NBA’s 75 greatest players list, despite being a recent induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medallist, and Caleb Dressel, a seven-time Olympic gold medalist, were also in attendance.