Orlando Magic Pick Up Rare Road Win


Nov 12, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) defends against New York Knicks forward Amar

Evan Fournier had a career-high 28 points as the Orlando Magic clinched a rare road victory with a 97-95 win over the New York Knicks Wednesday night.

The Magic (3-6), who blew an 11-point lead in Toronto Tuesday, got the job done in the fourth on this evening.

The Knicks (2-7) took a 76-74 lead into the final 12 minutes but when Carmelo Anthony, who had 27 points, went to the bench with 5:41 left because he had picked up his fifth foul, the Magic took advantage by holding New York scoreless until he returned a couple of minutes later.

J.R. Smith had a chance to win the game for the Knicks but his three-pointer missed badly, giving the Magic their only road win of 2014 that wasn’t against Philadelphia.

Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 13 boards while Tobias Harris added 12 points for Orlando. Rookie Elfrid Payton was held pointless but added eight dimes while Aaron Gordon had seven points.

Orlando shot 47 per cent from the floor and held the Knicks to 43 per cent and just 34 per cent from behind the arc.

The Magic has played two sets of back-to-backs this season and surprisingly, they are 0-2 on the first night but 2-0 on the second.

Orlando host Milwaukee Friday night.