November 12, 2018 / 3:17 AM / 3 months ago

Magic blister Knicks in Bamba's homecoming

The Orlando Magic scored the first 10 points Sunday night and never trailed on the way to a 115-89 rout of the host New York Knicks.

The Magic won by more points Sunday night than in their first five wins this season combined (24 points). Orlando has won two straight and four of five.

The Knicks lost by at least 20 points for the third time this season. New York has dropped two in a row and four of five.

Terrence Ross scored a game-high 22 points for the Magic while Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds in just 26 minutes. New York native Mo Bamba had 15 points and eight rebounds in his homecoming while Evan Fournier added 12 points.

Kevin Knox led the Knicks with 17 points while Enes Kanter recorded a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Mario Hezonja scored 12 points and Trey Burke added 10 points. Mitchell Robinson set a New York rookie record by blocking nine shots. He broke the previous mark of seven shared by Lonnie Shelton and Kristaps Porzingis.

Vucevic opened and closed the game-opening 10-0 run by the Magic, who hit just four of their first 10 shots. But the Knicks missed their first seven attempts from the field before Kanter put back the rebound of Hezonja’s hook shot.

Fournier scored the next four points to give the Magic a double-digit lead for good. The Knicks shot 5-of-23 from the field in the first quarter and fell behind by 20, at 30-10, when Jerian Grant sank a 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer.

Vucevic’s 3-pointer gave the Magic their first 25-point lead at 51-26 with 5:15 left in the first half. The Knicks got no closer than 22 points in the second half.

The Magic went ahead by 30 for the first time when Ross converted a four-point play to open the fourth quarter. Orlando led by as many as 34 points in the fourth.

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