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Knicks 108, Magic 95: Scenes from a much-needed respite

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Hey that was pretty fun! The Magic showed up to Madison Square Garden kinda ragged, so the Knicks balled 'em up and mopped the floor with them. But for a stupid mini-run in the third quarter fueled by a play in which the refs seemed to arbitrarily award Aaron Gordon 19 free throws, the Knicks dominated the action. Kurt Rambis played something approaching a sensible rotation, and he got a dynamic if not accurate game from Carmelo Anthony, a fine Kristaps Porzingis performance, and very solid contributions from everyone else, right through the bench. A few things to look at:

Jose Calderon started the game super hot and kinda stopped shooting after that, but it was lovely to see him find some range early:

Jerian Grant got to play! He had his moments, particularly running the pick-and-roll with Kristaps:

Porzingis had a lovely, easy offensive performance overall, thriving a lot by just filling space and finishing:

And while the rim didn't treat him well, Melo looked particularly light on his feet. That pass up there ^^^ was gorgeous, and so were these moves to get to the basket:

Good game, Knicks. Keep doing that if you can!