Anthony scores 40, Knicks down Magic 114-106
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — New York coach Mike Woodson would like to see his team lean more on its defense to help it win games.
He'll live with a few more of Carmelo Anthony's offensive exhibitions in the meantime.
Anthony scored 16 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, helping the New York Knicks hold off the Orlando Magic 114-106 on Saturday night.
"Just a matter of us trying to get it going," Anthony said. "To get it going and doing whatever it takes to win a basketball game. That's what we did. ... It seemed like when it was time to really buckle down and try to win the basketball game, we did those things."
J.R. Smith added 18 points off the bench and Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Knicks have won two straight overall and four in a row over the Magic, dating back to last season. They also improved to 2-1 since Amar'e Stoudemire returned to action following knee surgery.
"We were down coming into the fourth, and we held them to 17 points. That's the sign of a team that didn't want to lose," Woodson said. "(They) picked it up defensively and did what they had to do, and offensively they made plays."
Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson each had 29 points to lead the Magic, and Nik Vucevic contributed 11 points and 18 rebounds. Afflalo got treatment at halftime after taking a hard fall, and scored 20 in the second half.
"Clearly we have to learn how to win, if that makes sense," Afflalo said. "Coach is doing a great job in terms of the schemes of the game plan. We're definitely competing hard as players, but we need to learn how to win."
Orlando outrebounded New York 45-40, but had 14 turnovers as it extended its longest losing streak of the season to eight games.
All of the losses have come since the injury of starting forward Glen Davis, who continues to rehab his sprained left shoulder.
Orlando has played well against some of the East's top teams, with narrow losses over its past three outings to Miami, Chicago and now New York.
It's hardly a consolation prize, though, for a team that may not get Davis back in action for at least another week, if not longer.
"I told our guys that this is about different challenges throughout the course of the season and everyone wants to win — it's what makes us competitors," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "We did a lot of good things tonight."
The Magic flipped a four-point halftime deficit into an 89-81 lead entering the fourth.
The Knicks rallied using their size, going up 99-97 on a dunk by Chandler with 5:14 left.
Orlando's Josh McRoberts got tangled up underneath with Chandler a few trips later and was whistled for a technical. Steve Novak then knocked down the ensuing free throw to push the Knicks' lead to 102-98.
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