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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 121, Magic 83

12/6/2013

NEW YORK – The New York Knicks accomplished something Friday that they hadn't in nearly eighth months: They won two games in a row.

New York (5-13) snapped a seven-game home losing streak with a victory over the Orlando Magic, winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.

They last won at home Oct. 30. They last won back-to-back games on April 12-14 -- the final week of last season.

Sharing the ball: For the second straight night, the Knicks had a balanced attack on offense.

Carmelo Anthony led the team with 20 points on 10 shots. Six other Knicks were in double figures.

New York had the same approach on Thursday in a win over Brooklyn, when six players hit double figures and Anthony led the team with 19 points.

The ball-sharing on offense led to quality looks on the perimeter for the Knicks.

New York hit 17 of its 34 3-point attempts Friday; the Knicks made 16 3-pointers Thursday.

Tim Hardaway's fifth triple gave the Knicks a 40-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Good timing? The Knicks seem to be getting it together on offense at just the right time. They play their next nine games against teams that entered Friday at .500 or below.

Solid night for Smith: J.R. Smith had 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, arguably his best game of the season. Raymond Felton had 14 points and five assists. One negative for the Knicks? They allowed Orlando to hit six of its first seven 3-point tries. Orlando would finish 10-of-25 from beyond the arc, however. The Magic were led by Arron Afflalo's 20 points.

What's next: The Knicks play Boston on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Celtics also won Friday and are in first place in the Atlantic Division, 2 1/2 games up on the Knicks.

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