National Basketball Association
Orlando 114, New York 100
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
#10 Ron Garretson, #17 Jonathan Sterling, #58 Josh Tiven
Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Orlando Magic, who are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race after a 114-100 win at home over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
Terrence Ross added 23 points off the bench for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier scored 19 points each.
Orlando began the night a half-game behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, but with the victory, the Magic (39-40) moved into a tie for the seventh spot as the Heat (38-40) fell to Boston 112-102 on Wednesday. Brooklyn (39-40) and Detroit (39-39) also lost, leaving the Magic level with the Nets, both just a half-game behind the sixth-place Pistons.
The Nets hold the head-to-head tiebreaker edge on the Magic.
Orlando plays its last home game Friday against Atlanta before finishing the regular season on the road at Boston and Charlotte.
Mario Hezonja led the Knicks with 29 points while collecting nine rebounds and five assists against his former team. Hezonja was selected No. 5 overall by the Magic in the 2015 NBA Draft.
New York owns the worst record in the league and has secured one of the three lottery slots with a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick.
The Magic held off a New York run in the third quarter by responding with a scoring spree of their own.
The Magic had a 16-point lead early in the third quarter, until Hezonja scored eight straight points to kick off a 17-5 run. The Knicks cut the Magic lead to two later in the third, but Ross hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute of the quarter to pad Orlando's lead back to double digits.
Orlando continued its momentum in the fourth, compiling a 17-2 run during a three-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters. Orlando then kept enough distance in the fourth quarter to earn its 39th win of the season.
Vucevic nailed a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer sounded to give the Magic a 58-45 halftime lead after a sluggish start to the game.
The Knicks took a 24-16 lead in the first quarter, but Orlando's offense picked up the pace the rest of the half. The Magic shot 58.3 percent from the field in the second quarter and closed out the half on a 10-0 run.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Mario Hezonja 29
Nikola Vucevic 29
Emmanuel Mudiay 10
D.J. Augustin 8
Mario Hezonja 9
Nikola Vucevic 13
Mario Hezonja 6
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Nikola Vucevic 6
Mitchell Robinson 3
D.J. Augustin 1
Mitchell Robinson 2
Jonathan Isaac 2
Team Stats Summary
Orlando will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Magic have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .488 after a loss.
New York will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Knicks have a W/L % of .200 after a win and .190 after a loss.