Orlando at New York

Howard drops 20-20 on Knicks as Magic finish perfect trip

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NEW YORK -- For the Orlando Magic, it's right from a terrific trip to a tremendous test.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 20 rebounds, Jameer Nelson added 24 points and 10 assists, and the Magic completed a perfect four-game road trip with a 112-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

No time for celebrating, though. The Magic return home to face Phoenix on Saturday night.

"To go on a four-game trip, win them all, it's difficult to do," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "It's a good accomplishment. It's hard to relax and enjoy it because you have a fairly decent team staring in your face tomorrow night at home that can make you look bad."

Orlando also won at Washington, Minnesota and Toronto in the first 4-0 road start in franchise history. The Magic never before had four consecutive road wins without a home game in between.

"It's great," forward Hedo Turkoglu said. "It will be greater if we win tomorrow, too, and have a couple of days off."

Turkoglu scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Magic (5-1), off to their best start since also winning five of their first six in the 2002-03 season. Rashard Lewis also finished with 21.

"I think it's because our team is maturing," Howard said. "Everybody coming to practice we work hard, we get in the games, we try to work hard. We know when we're down we stay positive and try to make it up on the defensive end."

Howard had his first 20-20 game of the season and seventh of his career while outplaying the Knicks' big-man tandem of Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry. Curry grabbed only three rebounds.

Randolph had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, giving him double-doubles in all four games. Curry and Quentin Richardson each scored 19 points.

"Those guys just hit a lot of big shots in the fourth quarter and throughout the game," Randolph said. "Rashard hit a couple of 3s back-to-back, got fouled on one. The guy shot well from the field tonight. We didn't execute like we were supposed to. Dwight Howard is an All-Star in this league, a strong, physical player."

The Knicks were trying to move two games over .500 for the first time since Jan. 1, 2005. Instead, they turned it over 20 times and fell to 2-2 after their two-game winning streak was snapped.

"We weren't patient enough to continue to pound the ball inside, get good shots and go to the foul line," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said. "I thought that every time we got impatient, Orlando capitalized on our impatience."

In a closely played game between teams who believe they've improved, there were 20 lead changes and 11 ties in the first three quarters. Neither club was ahead by more than seven, and Orlando brought a 77-73 lead to the final period.

Curry's three-point play 33 seconds into the quarter cut it to one, but Keyon Dooling answered with a three-point play and Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer for an 83-76 lead.

"We kept playing but we finally started making shots and started getting stops on the defensive end," Lewis said. "We were able to pick the lead up."

Randolph twice brought the Knicks within four, but Turkoglu and Lewis had 3s and Turkoglu had another bucket during a 10-0 spurt that extended Orlando's advantage to 95-81 with 5:29 to go.

Howard grabbed 10 rebounds in the first quarter, which ended in a 28-all tie. The Knicks led 49-48 at halftime.

Notes

  • Patrick Ewing, the Knicks' career scoring leader, received a loud ovation during a third-quarter timeout. He is in his first season as a Magic assistant, working on Howard's development. "So far it's been great," Van Gundy said. "I think obviously in Patrick you're bringing in a guy with incredible credibility, because first of all the career he had and second of all the kind of person he is. Very humble guy, intelligent guy, who I think can really impart to Dwight what he needs to do to become a great player."
  • Knicks G Jamal Crawford was given the NBA's Community Assist Award for October. Crawford unveiled the "Crawford Library" at a public school in the Bronx.
  • Van Gundy on the Knicks: "They got a lot of talent. Look, when you have a $90 million-plus payroll, you're going to have some guys that can play. Let's not act like it's a miracle. They've got one of the highest payrolls in the league and they're going to put a lot of talent on the floor."
  • Knicks reserve Jerome James will have surgery on his right foot Monday and is out indefinitely.
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Dwight Howard, who alters a shot here, finishes with 22 points and 20 rebounds for the Magic.   (AP)
Dwight Howard, who alters a shot here, finishes with 22 points and 20 rebounds for the Magic. (AP)

Scoreboard
Orlando (5-1) «28202935112
New York (2-2) 28212429102
ORL:J. Nelson 24 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 20 Reb
ORL:J. Nelson 10 Ast
NY:Z. Randolph 23 Pts
NY:Z. Randolph 13 Reb
NY:S. Marbury 7 Ast
Players of the Game
New YorkOrlando

Z. Randolph

D. Howard
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
2313322201
Orlando
R. Lewis, SF417-173-426121
D. Howard, C378-166-8201422
K. Bogans, SG343-92-21139
J. Nelson, PG327-1110-11310324
H. Turkoglu, SF319-171-121421
A. Foyle, C181-30-07052
P. Garrity, SF171-50-02013
C. Arroyo, PG161-30-12322
K. Dooling, PG143-41-11208
T. Battie, PFDid Not Play
B. Outlaw, PFDid Not Play
T. Ariza, SFDid Not Play
M. Gortat, PFDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
J. Redick, SGDid Not Play
Totals 40-8523-28402423112
 47.1%82.1% 
New York
Q. Richardson, SF427-142-272419
J. Crawford, SG385-151-145113
S. Marbury, PG363-97-747414
E. Curry, C367-95-832519
Z. Randolph, PF339-215-7133423
N. Robinson, PG212-73-44248
D. Lee, PF192-32-24126
R. Balkman, PF110-10-24040
M. Rose, PF40-00-00000
J. James, PFDid Not Play
J. Jeffries, PFDid Not Play
F. Jones, SGDid Not Play
M. Collins, PGDid Not Play
R. Morris, CDid Not Play
W. Chandler, SFDid Not Play
Totals 35-7925-33432228102
 44.3%75.8% 
Other Games
Tor 105 Final
Phi 103
Ind 87 Final
Char 96
Atl 83 Final
Bos 106
Pho 106 Final
Mia 101
SA 97 Final
NO 85
LAC 79 Final
Det 103
Den 118 Final
Wash 92
Mil 88 Final
Hou 104
Mem 98 Final
Port 110
Min 93 Final
LAL 107
Cle 93 Final
Sac 91
Utah 103 Final
Sea 101