My flu kicked into overdrive somewhere around halftime, so much of the second half resembled a bunch of blue and white caterpillars streaking across the TV screen. I know that the Knicks came out shooting flames in the first half and survived some butt-nasty offense down the stretch for the second game in a row. But the Magic are not the Raptors, and New York was able to do just enough defending to pull out the 101-90 win.
Kristaps Porzingis made good on his return from a sprained ankle, dropping 20 points for what seems like the first time this decade.
Derrick Rose was quite efficient on offense, scoring 19 points thanks to a variety of dipsy-doos.
Ron Baker point guarded to the utmost:
Toss in some surprising scoring contributions from Lance Thomas (11 points) and Justin Holiday (14 points) and you got your a nice little victory.
Finally, congrats to Chasson Randle, who made his Knicks debut in garbage time. Recap to come.