|New York||114||Pace: 96.7||117.9||54.5||21.4||7.6||25.0|
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(22-10) vs. (12-20)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Knicks by 6
Tickets: $25-$950 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Lost 99-89 in Orlando on Nov. 13; Tonight in Orlando; January 30 in New York; March 20 in New York
1) The Magic have no intention of going after Dwight Howard in free agency, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
2) The Magic are on a seven-game skid and have seen some frustration surface. However, Jacque Vaughn and his players are trying to keep an even keel and stay confident in themselves to push through it, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
3) J.R. Smith is already a favorite to win the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award, but he tells Marc Berman of the New York Post that he believes he should be in the big game in Houston: The NBA All-Star Game.
4) Amar'e Stoudemire is working his way back from injury and has had some bumps in the roads, but he tells Frank Isola of the New York Daily News that the cheers he received in the Garden for his return have helped him work his way back.
5) Any DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors were quashed pretty quickly by the Magic. While Cousins is a talented player, he is not the kind of player the Magic are looking to bring in. What Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes is that the Magic are looking for character guys to fuel their rebuild.
6) Amar'e Stoudemire will commemorate the death of his brother by inviting 30 children from his hometown of Lake Wells, Florida to tonight's game, Nate Taylor of Off the Dribble writes.
7) Mike D'Antoni was a bit confused by comments Amar'e Stoudemire said about his former coach's defense or lack thereof.