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The Knicks’ magic ran out against the reeling Magic.
A third quarter from hell doomed the Knicks as their Fantasyland three-game winning streak got snapped by an injury-wracked Orlando squad, 107-89, before 4,000 fans at Amway Center on Wednesday night.
The Knicks (14-16) missed 15 straight shots in the second half to ruin their chance of moving to a .500 record. They scored just 33 points in the second half.
Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley, the new electric point-guard/bench combo, were disastrous, combining to shoot 2-for-22.
The 32-year-old Rose killed the Knicks with his second straight off night (1-for-10, four points), without the spark and shotmaking of his earlier Knicks games.
Rose’s lousy evening was part of an anemic showing for the Knicks’ bench, which had been on fire.
Meanwhile, Quickley had his worst night as a pro, missing his first 11 shots and finishing 1-for-12.
After being schooled by the Knicks in the first half, the Magic pummeled them, 30-14, in the third quarter. Terrence Ross (30 points) banged in a 3-pointer in the final seconds to give the Magic an 83-70 lead after three quarters.
Orlando outhustled the Knicks to loose balls and long rebounds. The Magic, the least-accurate shooting team in the NBA, drained 16 of 34 3-pointers.
The Knicks were frigid, shooting 38.4 percent overall.
Julius Randle, off a 44-point night, put up numbers (25 points), but couldn’t carry the Knicks in the second half, when they scored 16 points in the half’s first 16 minutes.
The Knicks finally missed injured center Mitchell Robinson, his rim protection and picks on offense. He’ll be out until at least mid-March after hand surgery.
Oddly, RJ Barrett, who was having an OK game, didn’t play the fourth quarter until 3:35 remained, when the game was already a blowout.
The Knicks’ three-game winning streak, against the Wizards, Rockets and Hawks, deserved a caveat. The Wizards were without superstar Bradley Beal (rest). The Rockets played without their two best players, Christian Wood and Victor Oladipo. And the Hawks, expected to be playoff contenders, have suffered a plethora of injuries and are 11-16.
Against the Magic, the Knicks jumped to a 32-23 lead after one quarter as Randle hit five of his first six shots and all three of his 3-pointers. He was smiling after each one, perhaps still stunned by his season-long hot hand.
The smile got wiped off his face. Orlando heated up from 3-point range, hitting 8 of 18 treys and closed to 56-53 at halftime despite Randle’s 17 first-half points.
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