The Knicks have come out of the gates strongly by starting their season 2-0 after defeating the Sixers on Sunday.
In the end, after two years of rumors, speculation and negotiations, the Nets failed to land the big man.
The Knicks were out-gunned by the Magic on Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Ryan Anderson exploded for Orlando, scoring a career-high 30 points.
Hours after saying the game was “almost a must win,” Carmelo Anthony pulled out all the stops in the Knicks’ Monday night win. “We got out of the hole, got the monkey off our back,” he said.
Dwight Howard had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic won their fourth straight and sent the New York Knicks tumbling below .500 with a 111-99 victory Wednesday night.
Thursday’s Knicks-Magic game should serve as another test to measure New York’s improvement after three double-digit losses to Orlando (20-12) last season.