New York Knicks shut down Magic behind return of the triangle, Kristaps Porzingis (Highlights)
Mar 1, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots in front of Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (left) as Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (right) and Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) look on during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks picked up a much-needed easy win on the road against the Orlando Magic behind the return of Kristaps Porzingis.

  • New York Knicks 101 (25-36)
  • Orlando Magic 90 (22-39)
  • NBA, Box Score, Final
  • Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

The New York Knicks made a triumphant return to the triangle, and it was met with overwhelming mockery at the claims that it would help the defense. So far, however, the Knicks have played two excellent defensive games against the Toronto Raptors and Wednesday’s matchup the Orlando Magic.

It’s important for the Knicks (a bad team) to beat up on the worst teams. Orlando entered the contest with one of the worst offenses in the NBA and seeded 14th in the Eastern Conference at 16 games below .500.

With Kristaps Porzingis returning from injury, it was important that the Knicks get the win and they did. Porzingis wasn’t particularly efficient (20 points on just 6 of 15 shooting), but his mere presence is a game-changer for the squad.

Despite a rough night from Carmelo Anthony (17 points on 4 of 16 shooting), the Knicks were able to pull it out due to a solid defensive effort. Maybe the return to the triangle can help the defense after all. Or maybe we shouldn’t overreact to the Knicks shutting down one of only two teams that average less than 100 points per game.

Key Player

The Knicks were +17 with Derrick Rose on the court. He scored 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting and grabbed 7 rebounds to go along with 4 assists.

Key Stat

The Magic are 27th in field goal percentage and 28th in three-point percentage, and most of that was with Serge Ibaka. The Knicks should hold them to 5 of 25 from three-point range and 41.0 percent shooting overall.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.