Knicks beat Magic 99-89, remain undefeated

The New York Knicks beat the Orlando Magic 99-89 on Tuesday night to begin their season 5-0.

The game was close throughout, as the Magic led 53-49 at halftime and owned a six-point advantage near the end of the third quarter.  But New York shut Orlando down in the fourth, holding the Magic to just 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith added 21 points apiece.

According to the New York Post, this is just the third time in franchise history the Knicks have started a season 5-0 and the first time since 1993-94.

Although New York struggled at times on Tuesday, the team’s defense held strong and ultimately won them the game.

Head coach Mike Woodson noted this fact following the win, as he told the New York Daily News, “This is the fifth straight game we haven’t allowed over 40 points in the second half. That just tells me our defense is right where it needs to be. When we do have to get stops, we were able to get it done.”

The Knicks will play the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, with Orlando taking on the Detroit Pistons on Friday.