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Magic roll to 115-103 win, hand Knicks 5th straight loss

NEW YORK (AP) For the Orlando Magic, playing better started with playing harder.

Frank Vogel was disgusted by the Magic's effort in a loss at Indiana a night earlier, and the coach let them know about it Monday.

''Well it's no fun going into a game and having your opponent play decidedly harder than you,'' Vogel said. ''That's no fun and that's what we saw last night and I believe we reversed it tonight.''

Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 23 points, Serge Ibaka and Aaron Gordon each had 22 and the Magic rolled to a 115-103 victory over the New York Knicks, who lost their fifth straight game.

Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 13 rebounds and fellow reserve Elfrid Payton added 13 points and 14 assists for the Magic, who were routed in their previous two games but totally turned things around against a Knicks team that played without Kristaps Porzingis or much defensive intensity.

Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks, who have dropped eight of 10 to fall to 16-18. He said he didn't have the answers for their defensive struggles.

''Only thing I can say is we've got to get back to the drawing board and get back and try to get some practice time and get back to competing at the top level,'' he said.

Two nights after yielding a season-worst 69 points in the first half to James Harden and Houston, the Knicks surrendered 67 to the Magic. Orlando opened a 17-point cushion late in the third quarter on a basket by Ibaka, who had 11 points in the period.

The Knicks got Anthony back after he sat out the second half of the Houston game with knee soreness, and Courtney Lee rejoined the lineup after he missed the three-game road trip with a sore right wrist. New York opted to rest Porzingis a second straight game because of a sore left Achilles tendon.

The Knicks badly missed their 7-foot-3 forward against Ibaka and the Magic's big frontcourt, but they couldn't defend the perimeter, either. Orlando tied its season high with 15 3-pointers and had 35 assists on its 45 baskets.

''The ball was moving and when we play like that we can beat anybody,'' Meeks said.

TIP-INS

Magic: Leading scorer Evan Fournier missed his fifth straight game with a bruised right heel. ... Meeks, who came in averaging 8.4 points, had 14 in the first quarter.

Knicks: Derrick Rose scored 18 points and Lee had 14. ... The Knicks had won the last two meetings, including a 106-95 victory here on Dec. 22.

PORZINGIS' PAIN

Porzingis said he began feeling pain about a week ago and it worsened in the last couple of games, but he felt better Monday and hoped to play. Team doctors checked him out and found nothing serious but decided on another game of rest.

''I was pretty close today, but just they kept me out,'' Porzingis said, ''so it's nothing serious, but I can't wait to get back.''

LOATHES LOSING

Vogel said Gordon might take losses harder than any Magic player, and the forward said he would never learn to accept them.

''I never get used to losing. Never,'' he said. ''So it feels good to win.''

STILL ON TOP

The Magic kept a slim advantage in the all-time series, improving to 53-51 against the Knicks in the regular season.

UP NEXT

Magic: Host Atlanta on Wednesday night. The Magic also had 15 3-pointers and a season-best 58.6 percent shooting from the floor in a 131-120 victory on Dec. 13.

Knicks: Host the Bucks on Wednesday night, with the back end of the home-and-home set at Milwaukee on Friday night.

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Key Players
S. Ibaka
7 PF
C. Anthony
7 SF
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
21.9 Pts. Per Game 21.9
2.8 Ast. Per Game 2.8
6.0 Reb. Per Game 6.0
49.6 Field Goal % 41.9
39.3 Three Point % 33.3
81.5 Free Throw % 87.2
+ 3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ron Baker 0:02
  Lost ball turnover on Arinze Onuaku 0:12
  Bad pass turnover on Willy Hernangomez 0:30
  Out of bounds turnover on Arinze Onuaku 0:49
  Offensive rebound by Arinze Onuaku 0:52
  Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:54
+ 2 Maurice Ndour made dunk, assist by Willy Hernangomez 1:05
+ 2 Arinze Onuaku made floating jump shot, assist by Aaron Gordon 1:17
+ 1 Ron Baker made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:40
+ 1 Ron Baker made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:40
+ 1 Ron Baker made 1st of 2 free throws 1:40
Team Stats
Points 115 103
Field Goals 45-91 (49.5%) 39-83 (47.0%)
3-Pointers 15-31 (48.4%) 8-21 (38.1%)
Free Throws 10-14 (71.4%) 17-24 (70.8%)
Total Rebounds 45 56
Offensive 13 16
Defensive 26 30
Team 6 10
Assists 35 18
Steals 10 7
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 13 20
Fouls 20 17
Technicals 1 0
13 PTS, 3 REB, 14 AST
19 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Magic 16-20 33342523115
home team logo Knicks 16-18 32272123103
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 16-20 92.0 PPG 43.4 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Knicks 16-18 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Meeks SG PPG RPG APG FG%
C. Anthony SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Meeks SG 23 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
C. Anthony SF 19 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
49.5 FG% 47.0
48.4 3PT FG% 38.1
71.4 FT% 70.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Meeks 23 2 2 7/9 6/7 3/3 1 32 0 1 3 0 2 0 27
S. Ibaka 22 6 0 10/20 2/5 0/0 4 31 0 0 1 2 4 0 27
A. Gordon 22 6 6 8/19 3/10 3/5 1 32 1 0 2 3 3 0 39
D. Augustin 6 0 2 2/4 2/4 0/0 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 11
B. Biyombo 0 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 19 2 2 0 0 2 0 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Meeks 23 2 2 7/9 6/7 3/3 1 32 0 1 3 0 2 0 27
S. Ibaka 22 6 0 10/20 2/5 0/0 4 31 0 0 1 2 4 0 27
A. Gordon 22 6 6 8/19 3/10 3/5 1 32 1 0 2 3 3 0 39
D. Augustin 6 0 2 2/4 2/4 0/0 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 11
B. Biyombo 0 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 19 2 2 0 0 2 0 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 14 13 5 7/11 0/0 0/1 1 31 2 0 2 5 8 0 37
E. Payton 13 3 14 6/12 1/1 0/0 4 31 1 1 0 1 2 0 46
J. Green 10 3 1 3/10 1/3 3/4 3 27 2 0 1 1 2 0 16
C. Watson 3 3 2 1/4 0/1 1/1 0 18 0 0 1 0 3 0 9
A. Onuaku 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 1
M. Hezonja 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
C. Wilcox 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Fournier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rudez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Zimmerman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 39 35 45/91 15/31 10/14 20 241 10 4 13 13 26 0 226
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Anthony 19 7 3 6/17 0/4 7/8 3 35 3 1 1 1 6 0 35
D. Rose 18 3 4 8/15 0/1 2/2 0 28 0 0 3 2 1 0 26
C. Lee 14 3 0 6/11 1/4 1/1 2 34 1 0 2 1 2 0 16
L. Thomas 10 3 1 4/8 1/2 1/2 3 20 1 0 1 2 1 0 15
J. Noah 8 10 2 3/7 0/0 2/4 1 33 2 2 1 5 5 0 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Anthony 19 7 3 6/17 0/4 7/8 3 35 3 1 1 1 6 0 35
D. Rose 18 3 4 8/15 0/1 2/2 0 28 0 0 3 2 1 0 26
C. Lee 14 3 0 6/11 1/4 1/1 2 34 1 0 2 1 2 0 16
L. Thomas 10 3 1 4/8 1/2 1/2 3 20 1 0 1 2 1 0 15
J. Noah 8 10 2 3/7 0/0 2/4 1 33 2 2 1 5 5 0 25
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Jennings 12 3 4 4/9 2/5 2/3 1 24 0 0 3 1 2 0 20
M. Kuzminskas 9 1 0 3/6 3/3 0/0 3 16 0 1 1 0 1 0 10
J. Holiday 5 4 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 14 0 0 2 0 4 0 7
W. Hernangomez 4 3 2 2/3 0/0 0/2 0 16 0 0 3 1 2 0 8
M. Ndour 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
R. Baker 2 0 1 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
K. O'Quinn 0 9 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 3 17 0 2 1 3 6 0 12
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Vujacic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 103 46 18 39/83 8/21 17/24 17 241 7 6 20 16 30 0 180