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Orlando at New York

Venue: Madison Square Garden
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The New York Knicks have needed strong finishes to handle the Orlando Magic this season.

The Knicks hope to make it easier on themselves Wednesday night at home as they look for a fifth straight victory over a Magic team that has lost six in a row and 17 of 19.

Although New York (27-15) is by far the better team, it used big fourth quarters to earn two 2012-13 wins over Orlando. The Knicks outscored the Magic (14-30) by nine in the fourth in a 99-89 victory Nov. 13 and used a 33-17 final period to win 114-106 on Jan. 5 - both in Orlando.

The Magic combined to shoot 32.4 percent in those fourth quarters with six assists and eight turnovers.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson would like to see some defensive improvement from his team. New York allowed Philadelphia to shoot 50.7 percent in a 97-80 road loss Saturday before a 106-104 home win the next night despite Atlanta's 60.0 field-goal percentage - the highest by a Knicks opponent all season.

"We gotta clean up our high pick-and-roll defense and get back to our coverages that we were doing earlier in the year," Woodson said. "It's just guys being up and guys committed on the ball, not begging for help. That's the name of the game. You've got to take pride in guarding your man who has the ball."

The Knicks were bailed out Sunday by another brilliant performance by Carmelo Anthony, who scored 42 and tied a franchise record with nine 3-pointers.

"It was just a matter of me just taking them shots and making them," said Anthony, who is shooting a career-high 42.0 percent on 3-pointers. "I know I'm capable of making them, but when I'm making them from the outside, from the perimeter, it opens up the game that much more, for myself, for my teammates, and that's what happened tonight."

Anthony can break Richie Guerin's franchise record of 29 straight 20-point games Wednesday. The Knicks star has totaled 65 points against the Magic this season.

Point guard Raymond Felton finished with 12 points and 10 assists against the Hawks after he had eight and three the night before in his first game since Dec. 25 after being out with a broken right pinky finger.

"When you're out for five weeks, it's kind of tough," Felton said. "You gotta get back into your rhythm, get back into the rhythm with your teammates. It takes a couple games but hopefully that's gone now."

Orlando opened a five-game trip with Monday's 97-77 defeat at Brooklyn. The backcourt of Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick combined for 17 assists, but scored 14 points on 5-of-25 shooting.

"It's tough to continue to do the same task over and over again, and that's what we're asking of our guys. That's what we have to do in order for us to be good as a basketball team," coach Jacque Vaughn said.

Nelson and Felton will meet for the first time this season since one was out in each of the first two matchups.

Orlando swingman Arron Afflalo is day to day with a strained left calf that kept him out against the Nets.

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Orlando 11.5 New York -11.5
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Orlando5th Southeast 2359.280313-7Lost 4
New York3rd Atlantic 3745.451117-3Won 4

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Injuries
Orlando
PlayerInjury
No injuries reported.
New York
PlayerInjury
No injuries reported.
 
Key Players
Jameer<br>Nelson
Jameer
Nelson
, PG
35.7 Min. Per Game 37.9 Carmelo<br>Anthony
Carmelo
Anthony
, SF
15.1 Pts. Per Game 29.4
7.3 Ast. Per Game 2.6
4.0 Reb. Per Game 6.2
40.7 Field Goal % 45.2
35.7 Three Point % 42.0
91.4 Free Throw % 82.8
 
Team Rankings
TeamRankPoints
Orlando Magic2671.20
New York Knicks1283.09
 
Series Game Log
DateLocationResults
Dec 12 @ Boston 
Feb 3New York 
Feb 25 @ Boston 
Mar 27New York 
 
Other Games
Det 79 Final
Ind 98
Wash 84 Final
Phi 92
Tor 92 Final
Atl 93
Sac 81 Final
Bos 99
Chi 104 Final
Mil 88
LAC 96 Final
Min 90
Mia 105 Final
Brook 85
Char 78 Final
SA 102
Hou 110 Final
Den 118
NO 99 Final
Utah 104
LAL 86 Final
Pho 92