It wasn’t the upset of the century, but it was the upset of the young NBA season.
After the Knicks hammered the Magic each nighttime Friday successful a monolithic blowout astatine Amway Center, Orlando exacted revenge Sunday astatine the Garden successful a stunning 110-104 upset victory.
Complacent oregon not, the Knicks suffered their season’s archetypal nonaccomplishment arsenic Manhattan merchandise Cole Anthony went for 21 of his 29 points successful the archetypal half, and Terrence Ross scored each 22 of his points successful the 4th quarter.
The Knicks were flying precocious astatine 2-0 and arsenic 12-point favorites entering the contest. A monster slam by Orlando’s Mo Wagner connected Obi Toppin enactment Orlando up 86-80 with 9:20 left, and manager Tom Thibodeau called timeout.
The young Magic, arguably the NBA’s worst team, didn’t wilt. One scout called the Magic earlier the crippled “a assemblage team.”
Orlando was intelligibly ticked disconnected astatine what transpired Friday successful its location opener arsenic the Knicks seemed to heap it connected aft gathering a 32-point pb midway done the 2nd 4th arsenic thousands of Knicks fans celebrated successful downtown Orlando.
Julius Randle was near successful the crippled with little than 5 minutes remaining connected Friday, with the Knicks up 30, starring to a fracas betwixt him and Wendell Carter Jr.
“Thank God we person them again successful a substance of 24 hours,” Mo Bamba said aft the brutal loss. “We can’t beryllium a squad that goes retired determination and lies down. We’ve got to spell retired and deed first. We’ve got to spell retired determination and instrumentality it to them.”
In the loss, Randle scored 30 points and Derrick Rose 23, but the Knicks changeable 27 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Knicks, however, survived a scare from halfway Mitchell Robinson, whose ft got entangled with Jalen Suggs and helium fell to the level aboriginal successful the 3rd quarter.
Robinson, who broke his ft successful March, had to beryllium helped disconnected the tribunal by rookie Jericho Sims and a trainer and went to the locker room, limping. However, helium returned to the crippled and yet fouled out.
It was a mediocre showing for 2020 lottery prime Toppin, who was held to 2 points portion not showing unit connected defense.
The Garden was charged up, but truthful were the Magic aft getting pummeled truthful severely Friday.
The Magic led 69-66 aft an Anthony jumper with 4 minutes near successful the 3rd earlier the Knicks rallied again.
Unlike Friday erstwhile the Knicks overwhelmed the Magic from the opening tip, the Magic led oregon were tied for the game’s opening 8 minutes earlier the Knicks took their archetypal lead.
The Magic were competitory mostly due to the fact that of Anthony, who changeable poorly successful Friday’s game. Sunday, however, Anthony changeable 5 of 9 from 3-point range.