The Magic trailed the Knicks by five points at the end of the first half despite giving up 10 3-pointers, a 10-point first-quarter lead and he confidence to keep shooting.
New York is a team built on its offense and needed that little bit (including Thursday night's 30-point win at Brooklyn) to become the team everyone believed they would one day become. Too much attention on Carmelo Anthony opens everything up for that offense.
When your offense remains stagnant and unable to hit a shot for the final 24 minutes, it opens things up a whole lot more.
Orlando's defense was lax, giving up at least 28 points in every quarter and at least 30 in the final three. The offense was even more lax in the second half, committing 11 turnovers leading to 20 points and shooting 37.5 percent from the floor, that turned a five-point halftime deficit into a 38-point, 121-83 romp at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
The Magic's offensive movement and fluidity ceased completely in the second half. The Magic made only 12 shots. Unsurprisingly eight of those were assisted. The ball was not moving quick enough or nearly enough as New York put pressure on the Magic defense and protected the rim better with confident weakside rotations.
That opened things up on the break. But it was not just the break that proved to be the Magic's biggest problems. Carmelo Anthony was sharing the ball out of the post and the Magic dug down too hard, leaving those shooters open.no comments