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Nikola Vucevic has 34 points, Magic beat Knicks 105-100

NEW YORK (AP) Despite missing two starters, the New York Knicks erased an early 17-point deficit to tie the Orlando Magic midway through the final quarter.

That's when Nikola Vucevic took over.

Vucevic scored 34 points, eight straight in a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run, and the Magic beat the Knicks 105-100 on Sunday.

With the score tied at 85 midway through the fourth quarter, Vucevic made a short basket, a three-point play and a 3-point shot in succession to give the Magic the lead for good.

''Throughout the game I (felt) good. In the fourth quarter, I know it's a time when we need to win a game, we needed to close the game,'' Vucevic said. ''So, I wanted to keep my aggressiveness and carry my team (until) the end.''

Evan Fournier had 20 points, Jonathon Simmons added 16, and Elfrid Payton had 15 for Orlando.

Michael Beasley, who replaced the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the starting lineup, led the Knicks with 21 points. Courtney Lee had 19, and Enes Kanter added 18 points and 16 rebounds.

The Knicks were also without Tim Hardaway Jr., who missed the game with a left leg injury.

''We were missing two of our big dogs and that hurt us a lot,'' Beasley said. ''But, we still fought.''

The Knicks used an 11-4 run to pull within three at 99-96 on Jarrett Jack's 3-pointer with 27 seconds left. Fournier then hit two free throws with 23 seconds remaining, and Jack followed with a reverse layup with 16 seconds left.

Fournier again connected on two free throws, this time with 13 seconds left.

''We played a solid game, made some mistakes, but we held those guys to 100,'' Fournier said. ''Could have done better, but we are headed in the right direction.''

Beasley scored his final two points on a layup with four seconds remaining before Vucevic hit a pair of clinching free throws.

''We did well, we fought back,'' Beasley added. ''We dug ourselves a hole deep. The first group gotta do a lot better starting the game.''

The Knicks scored the first six points of the third quarter and took their biggest lead of the game, 57-54, on Damyean Dotson's jumper. However, Orlando answered with its own 6-0 streak and went on to take a 78-76 lead after three quarters.

The Magic never trailed again.

''At this point, we're trying to get as many wins as we can to hang in there with this tough stretch of our schedule,'' said Magic coach Frank Vogel. ''Whatever breaks we get, we'll take. It was a good one for us.''

TIP-INS:

Magic: After snapping a nine-game losing streak with a 121-108 win over Oklahoma City on Nov. 29, the Magic have won two of three. ... Orlando had lost seven straight road games. ... The Magic lead the series with the Knicks 55-53.

Knicks: Orlando has beaten the Knicks in both meetings this season. The Magic won 112-99 in Orlando on Nov. 8.

MISSING FIREPOWER

The Knicks' top two leading scorers, Porzingis (25.8 ppg) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (17.8 ppg) both missed Sunday's game. Porzingis sprained his right ankle in Wednesday's win over Miami, while Hardaway was sidelined due to a left leg injury. They were replaced in the starting lineup by Beasley and Damyean Dotson, who was making his first career start.

COOL DOWN

The Magic were 3 of 7 from 3-point range in the first quarter. They went 3 of 21 the rest of the game.

UP NEXT:

Magic: At Charlotte on Monday night.

Knicks: At Indiana on Monday night.

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Key Players
A. Gordon
00 F
K. Porzingis
6 F
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
25.8 Pts. Per Game 25.8
1.1 Ast. Per Game 1.1
6.8 Reb. Per Game 6.8
50.2 Field Goal % 46.7
50.4 Three Point % 46.7
76.4 Free Throw % 84.1
  Out of bounds turnover on Kyle O'Quinn 0:03
+ 1 Nikola Vucevic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 Nikola Vucevic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on Lance Thomas 0:03
+ 2 Michael Beasley made driving layup 0:04
+ 1 Evan Fournier made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:13
+ 1 Evan Fournier made 1st of 2 free throws 0:13
  Personal foul on Kyle O'Quinn 0:13
+ 2 Jarrett Jack made reverse layup 0:16
+ 1 Evan Fournier made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:23
+ 1 Evan Fournier made 1st of 2 free throws 0:23
Team Stats
Points 105 100
Field Goals 37-82 (45.1%) 43-93 (46.2%)
3-Pointers 6-28 (21.4%) 5-15 (33.3%)
Free Throws 25-29 (86.2%) 9-10 (90.0%)
Total Rebounds 51 49
Offensive 8 10
Defensive 34 35
Team 9 4
Assists 19 18
Steals 8 4
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 10 14
Fouls 11 24
Technicals 0 0
34 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST
18 PTS, 16 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Magic 10-14 36182427105
home team logo Knicks 11-11 25262524100
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 10-14 104.6 PPG 42.3 RPG 25.7 APG
home team logo Knicks 11-11 108.3 PPG 45.5 RPG 19.7 APG
Key Players
N. Vucevic C 20.6 PPG 11.5 RPG 3.7 APG 54.1 FG%
M. Beasley F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
N. Vucevic C 34 PTS 12 REB 3 AST
M. Beasley F 21 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
45.1 FG% 46.2
21.4 3PT FG% 33.3
86.2 FT% 90.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vucevic 34 34 12 3 0 2 1 5 13/19 1/4 7/7 2 10 53 +13
E. Fournier 37 20 3 4 2 1 2 1 5/12 1/5 9/10 1 2 32 +4
J. Simmons 37 16 7 2 2 0 3 1 7/14 1/4 1/2 3 4 26 -5
E. Payton 34 15 6 5 2 0 0 0 7/11 0/1 1/1 0 6 33 +4
A. Gordon 38 10 4 4 2 0 1 1 3/11 1/6 3/3 1 3 23 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vucevic 34 34 12 3 0 2 1 5 13/19 1/4 7/7 2 10 53 +13
E. Fournier 37 20 3 4 2 1 2 1 5/12 1/5 9/10 1 2 32 +4
J. Simmons 37 16 7 2 2 0 3 1 7/14 1/4 1/2 3 4 26 -5
E. Payton 34 15 6 5 2 0 0 0 7/11 0/1 1/1 0 6 33 +4
A. Gordon 38 10 4 4 2 0 1 1 3/11 1/6 3/3 1 3 23 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Afflalo 18 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/2 1/2 0 2 8 +1
D. Augustin 15 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 0 1 3 +5
B. Biyombo 12 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 1 4 6 -6
M. Speights 9 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/6 0/3 1/2 0 2 2 0
S. Mack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ross - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Hezonja - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Iwundu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 105 42 19 8 3 10 11 37/82 6/28 25/29 8 34 186 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 27 21 3 1 0 1 5 4 10/19 1/1 0/0 1 2 22 -6
C. Lee 35 19 5 2 2 0 1 1 8/13 1/3 2/2 0 5 29 +7
E. Kanter 30 18 16 2 1 0 3 1 8/13 0/0 2/2 4 12 36 -3
J. Jack 27 9 4 7 0 0 3 2 4/10 1/1 0/0 0 4 24 +3
D. Dotson 21 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 -16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 27 21 3 1 0 1 5 4 10/19 1/1 0/0 1 2 22 -6
C. Lee 35 19 5 2 2 0 1 1 8/13 1/3 2/2 0 5 29 +7
E. Kanter 30 18 16 2 1 0 3 1 8/13 0/0 2/2 4 12 36 -3
J. Jack 27 9 4 7 0 0 3 2 4/10 1/1 0/0 0 4 24 +3
D. Dotson 21 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 -16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Thomas 20 11 5 1 0 0 0 3 4/11 0/3 3/4 3 2 18 -5
F. Ntilikina 16 9 2 1 0 0 1 3 4/9 1/2 0/0 1 1 12 -3
K. O'Quinn 17 7 4 0 0 3 1 3 3/6 0/0 1/1 1 3 13 -2
D. McDermott 30 4 5 3 0 0 0 4 1/7 1/3 1/1 0 5 15 +8
R. Sessions 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -5
R. Baker 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 -3
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hardaway Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 100 45 18 4 4 14 24 43/93 5/15 9/10 10 35 175 -25