A short handed Knicks squad had a slow start, going down 17 to the Magic early, but came back to take the lead briefly in the second half. Ultimately the Knicks were unable to hold on without their two leading scorers and fell to the Magic 105-100.
Frank Ntilikina's Shooting
With the Knicks two leading scorers missing tonight's game there were a lot of shots to go around forcing the rookie to look for his shot for the first time this season. Ntilikina looked solid after missing last game with an ankle injury, scoring 9 points on 4/9 shooting (1/2 from 3) in 16 minutes.
The Knicks head coach has been able to string together the right moves to lead the team back from double-digit deficits several times this season but tonight just wasn't his night. Damyean Dotson was chosen to start in place of the injured Tim Hardaway Jr. and finished with a team worst -16. Ramon Sessions was inserted into the game over starter Jarrett Jack and rookie Frank Ntilikina for a 4 minute stretch in the 4th quarter that saw a 3 point Magic lead jump to 7 and the Knicks weren't able to recover.
- Enes Kanter continued his strong play with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
- Michael Beasley had another strong scoring performance with 21 points on 10/19 shooting but committed 5 of the Knicks 14 turnovers.
- Despite a 1/7 shooting night Doug McDermott finished with a team high +10 +/-.
The Knicks will hope to have Kristaps Porzingis back as they travel to Indiana tomorrow night to take on the Pacers. Tim Hardaway Jr. will not travel with the team and Jeff Hornacek will have to find a way to replace his productivity. The Pacers are 11-10 but have dropped 3 of their last 4, including their last two games.