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Monday, December 23, 2013
Knicks-Magic halftime report

By Ian Begley

Here are a few observations from the first half of the Knicks-Magic game:

Coming up big: The Knicks' big lineup is working pretty well tonight. The trio of Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony combined for 28 points and 12 rebounds to spur New York to a 24-point halftime lead.

Anthony is leading the Knicks with 17 points in 19 minutes. He's hit six of 11 shots, including three of four from beyond the arc.

Chandler has eight points, eight rebounds and two steals. Bargnani, who has struggled in the past two games, added five points and three rebounds.

The Knicks' big lineup was crushed on the boards on Saturday but is handling itself it well tonight. New York is outrebounding Orlando, 26-19.

On point: Raymond Felton has given the Knicks a spark in his first game since Dec. 11. He has eight points and two assists in the first half.

Backup Beno Udrih has also had a strong half. He has four assists and the Knicks are outscoring Orlando by 18 when he's on the floor. Not bad.

Sixth sense: Sixth Man J.R. Smith looks like he's on his way to a big night. He's 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and 5-for-7. Smith is leading a strong effort from the bench. The Knicks have 25 bench points. Anthony's supporting cast is playing well. The Knicks have four players with at least eight points.