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Sloppy New York Knicks Miss Kristaps Porzingis In Loss to Magic (Highlights)


The New York Knicks missed superstar big man Kristaps Porzingis in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the Orlando Magic.

  • Orlando Magic 112 (7-4)
  • New York Knicks 99 (6-5)
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If you turn the ball over 23 teams in an NBA game chances are you’re going to lose. On Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic, the New York Knicks did just that. Playing without Kristaps Porzingis for the first time this season, they were understandably sloppy.

The Magic are a top ten defense in the NBA. They entered the game ranked 12th in opponent’s turnover percentage. Having an off night against them is nothing to be embarrassed about. The Knicks were on the road in the second night of a back to back.

Tim Hardaway Jr. did everything he could to help New York pick up this one. The $71 million had his first career double-double; scoring 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. But there just wasn’t enough firepower behind him.

The next highest scoring Knick was Doug McDermott with 13 points in 30 minutes off the bench. Enes Kanter struggled defensively and was only able to stay on the court for 20 minutes. His counterpart — Nikola Vucevic — won that matchup tonight with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting.

Orlando’s top three scorers — Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and Aaron Gordon — combined for 68 points. That was too much for New York to overcome without Porzingis.

For all you Willy Hernangomez, Mindaugas Kuzminskas fans you got your wish tonight. Kuz got some garbage time minutes tonight while Hernangomez scored 8 quick points in 8 minutes of action.

Key Stat

The turnovers were huge, but the fastbreak points stand out too. Orlando outscored New York 21-4 in transition. That was huge.

Key Player

Frank Ntilikina had 9 assists and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes of play. His shot will come. We hope.

Up Next: The Knicks host De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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