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Vucevic, Ross help Magic hold off Knicks 114-100

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic aren't accustomed to scoreboard watching at this point of the season. Yet on Wednesday, every time they took a look, they saw good news.

Orlando made a huge move toward ending its seven-year playoff drought, as Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points and Terrence Ross added 23 off the bench in a 114-100 win over the New York Knicks.

The win, combined with losses by Detroit, Brooklyn and Miami, moved the Magic from ninth in the Eastern Conference standings into a tie for seventh, just a half-game behind the Detroit Pistons for the No. 6 seeding.

''Our motto is win our way in,'' said Ross, who hit three straight 3-pointers in the final minute of the third period to give Orlando an 11-point cushion going to the fourth period. ''We can't worry too much about what other teams are doing. If we win our next three games, we're going to put ourselves in good position.''

Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon had 19 points apiece for the Magic, who have three regular-season games left.

''It's still a tight race and things can change quickly, but obviously we're in a good spot, right where we want to be,'' Vucevic said.

Orlando's stars came through as expected, but needed a great deal of help from their bench to hold off the Knicks.

Backups Michael Carter-Williams and Khem Birch didn't have the scoring night Ross did, but were key components in the defense that decided the game. They combined for 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and, with Ross, a combined plus-71 rating in their time on the court.

''They changed the game around for us,'' Magic coach Steve Clifford said of his reserves. ''Their energy and defense led to good offense for us. We made the plays that were there to be made.''

Mario Hezonja scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half for New York. Kevin Knox scored 21 points and Emmanuel Mudiay had 13 points and 10 assists for the Knicks, who have lost seven of eight.

New York cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two points late in the third quarter, but Ross singlehandedly stopped the rally with three straight 3-pointers that gave Orlando an 85-74 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Hezonja, who was originally drafted by Orlando with the fifth pick in the 2015 draft, helped New York get as close as 93-86 in the fourth quarter, but the Knicks didn't have enough firepower to sustain the rally.

''I told Mario, no matter what, I'm going to start you this game and I want you to really go out there and perform for Orlando, show them you're a player and going to be in this league a long time,'' Knicks coach David Fizdale said. ''I really thought he came out and showed what he could do.''

Orlando used a pair of 3-pointers from Gordon to stop two New York runs, and the Magic needed only one field goal in the final four minutes to comfortably close out the game.

''I was really happy with the way we came in here and played,'' Fizdale said. ''We're playing these games like they're playoff games for us. We gave ourselves a chance, we just didn't finish it off.''

TIP-INS

Knicks: Hezonja replaced Luke Kornet in the starting lineup. Kornet scored 41 points, had 14 rebounds and six blocks as a starter the previous two games. . The Knicks were just 1 for 12 on 3-pointers in the first half. . Mitch Robinson didn't get a block, stopping his run of consecutive games with a block at 34.

Magic: Orlando has allowed its last three opponents to shoot 50.7 percent (132 of 260) from the field, including 45 of 96 (46.9 %) from 3-point territory. The Knicks shot only 22.2 % (6 of 27) against Orlando. . Ross, who hit just 10 of 36 (27.7 %) of his 3-pointers in the last five games, hit five of 10 against New York.

UP NEXT

Knicks: At Houston on Friday night.

Magic: Host Atlanta on Friday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:43   Offensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
11:41   Jonathan Isaac missed dunk  
11:38   Defensive rebound by Emmanuel Mudiay  
11:37   Mario Hezonja missed driving layup  
11:39   Offensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
11:39   Mitchell Robinson missed dunk  
11:33   Lost ball turnover on D.J. Augustin, stolen by Mario Hezonja  
11:09   Damyean Dotson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:43   Mario Hezonja missed jump shot, blocked by Jonathan Isaac  
10:43   Defensive rebound by Evan Fournier  
10:42   Personal foul on Mitchell Robinson  
10:34 +2 Nikola Vucevic made dunk, assist by D.J. Augustin 2-4
10:42   Personal foul on Mitchell Robinson  
10:15 +2 Mitchell Robinson made dunk, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 4-4
9:47 +2 Evan Fournier made driving dunk, assist by D.J. Augustin 6-6
9:34 +3 Kevin Knox made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 9-6
9:21   Lost ball turnover on Nikola Vucevic, stolen by Kevin Knox  
9:34 +3 Kevin Knox made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 9-6
9:21   Lost ball turnover on Nikola Vucevic, stolen by Kevin Knox  
9:17   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Knox, stolen by D.J. Augustin  
9:08   Shooting foul on Evan Fournier  
9:08 +2 Mario Hezonja made driving layup 11-6
8:53   Aaron Gordon missed layup  
9:08 +1 Mario Hezonja made free throw 12-6
8:53   Aaron Gordon missed layup  
8:50   Defensive rebound by Kevin Knox  
8:15   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
8:17   Nikola Vucevic missed hook shot  
8:15   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
8:11   Emmanuel Mudiay missed layup  
8:07   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
7:57   D.J. Augustin missed driving layup  
7:56   Offensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
7:56   Jonathan Isaac missed dunk  
7:56   Offensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
7:56   Shooting foul on Mario Hezonja  
7:56 +1 Nikola Vucevic made 1st of 2 free throws 14-7
7:56 +1 Nikola Vucevic made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-8
7:44   Mario Hezonja missed finger-roll layup  
7:41   Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon  
7:35 +2 Jonathan Isaac made dunk, assist by Aaron Gordon 14-10
7:16   Emmanuel Mudiay missed jump shot  
7:13   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
7:12   Personal foul on Damyean Dotson  
7:08   Shooting foul on Mario Hezonja  
7:08   ORL team rebound  
7:08   ORL team rebound  
7:08   Aaron Gordon missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:06   Defensive rebound by Lance Thomas  
6:49 +2 Damyean Dotson made jump shot, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 16-10
6:29 +2 Nikola Vucevic made hook shot, assist by Aaron Gordon 16-12
6:09 +2 Lance Thomas made jump shot, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 18-12
5:51   Offensive foul on Nikola Vucevic  
5:51   Offensive foul on Nikola Vucevic  
5:37   Shooting foul on D.J. Augustin  
5:37 +1 Emmanuel Mudiay made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-12
5:17 +2 Evan Fournier made finger-roll layup, assist by Wesley Iwundu 20-14
5:02 +2 Mitchell Robinson made finger-roll layup, assist by Damyean Dotson 22-14
4:40 +2 Nikola Vucevic made hook shot 22-16
4:20   Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
4:03   Wesley Iwundu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:59   Offensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
3:59   Jonathan Isaac missed dunk  
3:59   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
3:44 +2 Luke Kornet made layup, assist by John Jenkins 24-16
3:25   Jonathan Isaac missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:16 +2 Jonathan Isaac made layup, assist by Terrence Ross 24-18
3:00   Kevin Knox missed driving layup, blocked by Michael Carter-Williams  
2:56   Defensive rebound by Wesley Iwundu  
2:54 +3 Terrence Ross made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wesley Iwundu 24-21
2:37   ORL team rebound  
2:37   ORL team rebound  
2:05   Emmanuel Mudiay missed reverse layup, blocked by Aaron Gordon  
2:05   Emmanuel Mudiay missed reverse layup, blocked by Aaron Gordon  
2:01   Defensive rebound by Michael Carter-Williams  
1:49 +2 Aaron Gordon made driving layup 24-26
1:25   Defensive rebound by Michael Carter-Williams  
1:25   Defensive rebound by Michael Carter-Williams  
1:11   Offensive rebound by Khem Birch  
1:11   Offensive rebound by Khem Birch  
1:06   NY team rebound  
1:06   Defensive rebound by John Jenkins  
1:05   Personal foul on Aaron Gordon  
0:57   Out of bounds turnover on Luke Kornet  
0:44   Defensive rebound by Luke Kornet  
0:44   Defensive rebound by Lance Thomas  
0:26 +2 floating jump shot, assist by John Jenkins 26-26
0:04   Michael Carter-Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:04   ORL team rebound  
0:05   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
0:01   3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:35 +2 finger-roll layup 28-26
11:19 +3 Evan Fournier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrence Ross 28-29
11:01   Henry Ellenson missed floating jump shot  
11:01   ORL team rebound  
10:48 +2 Khem Birch made hook shot, assist by Evan Fournier 28-31
10:48 +2 Khem Birch made hook shot, assist by Evan Fournier 28-31
10:27 +2 John Jenkins made jump shot 30-31
10:27 +2 John Jenkins made jump shot 30-31
10:11 +2 Evan Fournier made jump shot 30-33
9:52   jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Lance Thomas  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Terrence Ross  
9:23 +3 Terrence Ross made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Michael Carter-Williams 30-36
9:03 +2 John Jenkins made jump shot, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 32-36
8:46 +2 Terrence Ross made layup, assist by Aaron Gordon 32-38
8:38   Shooting foul on Michael Carter-Williams  
8:38 +1 Emmanuel Mudiay made 1st of 2 free throws 33-38
8:35   Defensive rebound by Khem Birch  
8:15   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
8:06   Defensive rebound by Khem Birch  
7:56 +2 Michael Carter-Williams made jump shot 33-40
7:39   Emmanuel Mudiay missed jump shot  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Khem Birch  
7:32 +2 Evan Fournier made floating jump shot 33-42
7:32   Violation  
7:32   Shooting foul on John Jenkins  
7:08   Defensive rebound by D.J. Augustin  
6:48 +2 Mario Hezonja made jump shot, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 35-45
6:28   Evan Fournier missed jump shot  
6:19 +2 Lance Thomas made layup 37-45
6:19   Shooting foul on Jonathan Isaac  
6:16   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
6:06   Bad pass turnover on Jonathan Isaac, stolen by Lance Thomas  
5:55   Lance Thomas missed turnaround jump shot  
5:51   Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
5:36 +2 Wesley Iwundu made dunk, assist by Nikola Vucevic 37-47
5:20   Traveling violation turnover on Damyean Dotson  
5:05   Violation  
4:57 +2 Emmanuel Mudiay made jump shot 39-47
4:35 +2 Nikola Vucevic made hook shot 39-49
4:22   Traveling violation turnover on Kevin Knox  
4:01   Jonathan Isaac missed driving layup, blocked by Emmanuel Mudiay  
4:01   ORL team rebound  
3:56   Defensive rebound by Emmanuel Mudiay  
3:44   Mario Hezonja missed floating jump shot  
3:41 +2 Mitchell Robinson made dunk 41-49
3:41   Offensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
3:17   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
2:46 +2 Mario Hezonja made layup 43-49
2:33   Bad pass turnover on Jonathan Isaac, stolen by Kevin Knox  
2:27 +2 Kevin Knox made layup 45-49
1:54   Mario Hezonja missed driving layup, blocked by Nikola Vucevic  
1:47 +2 Evan Fournier made layup, assist by Aaron Gordon 45-53
1:28   Defensive rebound by Evan Fournier  
1:15   Evan Fournier missed jump shot  
1:04   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
0:41   Offensive rebound by Aaron Gordon  
0:36 +2 Nikola Vucevic made dunk 45-55
0:36   Offensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
0:15   Out of bounds turnover on Damyean Dotson  
0:05   Personal foul on Emmanuel Mudiay  
0:01 +3 Nikola Vucevic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Augustin 45-58
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Violation  
11:30   Shooting foul on Mario Hezonja  
11:30   Aaron Gordon missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:30   ORL team rebound  
11:30 +1 Aaron Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-59
11:17   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
11:10   Defensive rebound by Kevin Knox  
10:55   Traveling violation turnover on Mario Hezonja  
10:45   Evan Fournier missed layup, blocked by Kevin Knox  
10:38   Damyean Dotson missed layup, blocked by Jonathan Isaac  
10:27   Bad pass turnover on Aaron Gordon, stolen by Mitchell Robinson  
10:18   Shooting foul on Nikola Vucevic  
10:18 +1 Kevin Knox made 1st of 2 free throws 46-59
10:18 +1 Kevin Knox made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-59
10:00   Nikola Vucevic missed turnaround jump shot  
10:00   ORL team rebound  
10:00   Personal foul on Kevin Knox  
9:53   Shooting foul on Mitchell Robinson  
9:53   Aaron Gordon missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:53   Aaron Gordon missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:53 +1 Aaron Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-60
9:39   ORL team rebound  
9:27 +3 D.J. Augustin made 3-pt. jump shot 47-63
9:27 +3 D.J. Augustin made 3-pt. jump shot 47-63
9:14   Shooting foul on Nikola Vucevic  
9:14 +1 Mario Hezonja made 1st of 2 free throws 48-63
9:14 +1 Mario Hezonja made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-63
8:58 +2 Mario Hezonja made layup, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 51-63
8:43   Jonathan Isaac missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:42   NY team rebound  
8:33   Violation  
8:15   Offensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
8:15   Jonathan Isaac missed dunk  
8:12   Jonathan Isaac missed layup, blocked by Emmanuel Mudiay  
8:09   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
8:03   Shooting foul on Jonathan Isaac  
8:03 +1 Mario Hezonja made 1st of 2 free throws 54-63
8:03 +1 Mario Hezonja made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-63
7:35   Kevin Knox missed jump shot  
7:34   Mitchell Robinson missed dunk  
7:33   Offensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
7:33   Mitchell Robinson missed dunk, blocked by Evan Fournier  
7:17   Personal foul on Aaron Gordon  
7:24   Jonathan Isaac missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Damyean Dotson  
7:17   Personal foul on Aaron Gordon  
7:10   Offensive rebound by Emmanuel Mudiay  
6:32   Personal foul on Emmanuel Mudiay  
6:53 +2 Nikola Vucevic made dunk, assist by D.J. Augustin 57-65
6:37   Bad pass turnover on Mario Hezonja, stolen by Aaron Gordon  
6:32   Personal foul on Emmanuel Mudiay  
6:19   Personal foul on Mario Hezonja  
6:19 +1 Nikola Vucevic made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-66
6:08 +2 Damyean Dotson made jump shot, assist by Kevin Knox 59-66
6:19 +1 Nikola Vucevic made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-66
6:08 +2 Damyean Dotson made jump shot, assist by Kevin Knox 59-66
5:43   Jonathan Isaac missed jump shot  
5:40   Offensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
5:00   Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:17 +2 Kevin Knox made hook shot 61-68
5:00   Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:57   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
4:49 +3 Emmanuel Mudiay made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mario Hezonja 64-68
4:26   Jonathan Isaac missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:22   Offensive rebound by Aaron Gordon  
4:19 +2 Aaron Gordon made dunk 64-70
4:03 +2 Mario Hezonja made floating jump shot 66-70
3:37   Jonathan Isaac missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:33   Offensive rebound by D.J. Augustin  
3:24   Aaron Gordon missed jump shot  
3:22   ORL team rebound  
3:11   Michael Carter-Williams missed jump shot  
3:10 +2 Jonathan Isaac made dunk 66-72
2:54   Emmanuel Mudiay missed layup, blocked by Michael Carter-Williams  
2:49 +3 Kevin Knox made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Emmanuel Mudiay 69-72
2:27 +2 Nikola Vucevic made hook shot 69-74
2:16 +2 Mario Hezonja made floating jump shot 71-74
2:00 +2 Terrence Ross made jump shot, assist by Michael Carter-Williams 71-76
1:51   Personal foul on Jonathan Isaac  
1:51   NY team rebound  
1:51 +1 Emmanuel Mudiay made 2nd of 2 free throws 72-76
1:36   Terrence Ross missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:33   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
1:24   Mario Hezonja missed driving layup  
1:23   Offensive rebound by Luke Kornet  
1:23   Personal foul on Khem Birch  
1:23 +1 Luke Kornet made 1st of 2 free throws 73-76
1:23 +1 Luke Kornet made 2nd of 2 free throws 74-76
1:05 +3 Terrence Ross made 3-pt. jump shot 74-79
0:45   Luke Kornet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:42   Defensive rebound by Terrence Ross  
0:36 +3 Terrence Ross made 3-pt. jump shot 74-82
0:24   Bad pass turnover on Emmanuel Mudiay, stolen by Terrence Ross  
0:02 +3 Terrence Ross made 3-pt. jump shot 74-85
0:00   End of period