The New York Knicks snapped two different six-game losing streaks with their win over the Orlando Magic. Entering Monday, New York had lost six games in a row as well as six straight to Orlando, which was tied for its longest losing streak to the Magic in franchise history.
The Knicks finished the game on a 10-2 run to close out overtime. This was a welcome change for New York, which had been on the opposite ends of those types of runs recently, including a 10-3 run by the Magic in a loss just five days ago.
Carmelo Anthony led the the way with 39 points, including 30 in the second half. It's the most he has scored with the Knicks, just one game after scoring his previous high of 36.
While Anthony's 39 points were clearly key, his 10 rebounds may have been just as big.
In the previous three games against the Magic this season, Orlando outrebounded New York by a combined 37 rebounds. Monday, the Knicks lost the rebounding battle, but it was only by one.
AnthonyThis was Anthony's fourth game this season with 35 points and 10 rebounds. The only players with more such games this season are LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge, who have each done it five times.
Anthony was helped by Amar'e Stoudemire who scored 20 points, but needed just 10 shots to do so. It was his 11th such game in his career (589 games played), and first with the Knicks.
New York is now 3-0 this season when Anthony scores 30 points and Stoudemire scores 20 points in the same game.
Elsewhere around the NBA:
• In addition to the Knicks and Magic, there were two other matchups between teams currently in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Monday. The Indiana Pacers defeated the Boston Celtics, while the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls, giving the team currently seeded lower the victory in each game. Fortunately for these higher seeded teams none of the matchups are current first round playoff matchups.
• The Celtics have struggled as the season has progressed, posting just an 8-7 mark in the month of March. Boston has one more game left this month, Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs. If the Celtics were to lose they would finish a month without a winning record for just the second time since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined the team (minimum 10 games played).
• Speaking of the Spurs, they dropped their season-high fourth straight game losing to the Portland Trail Blazers. Elias tells us San Antonio was without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili in the same game for just the fourth time since the trio has been together. San Antonio is now 0-4 on those occasions.