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Tonight's Orlando Magic Game: vs. New York Knicks

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MIAMI - DECEMBER 28: Forward Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks during a Miami Heat game at American Airlines Arena on December 28 2010 in Miami Florida. the Heat defeated the Knicks 106-98. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
MIAMI - DECEMBER 28: Forward Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks during a Miami Heat game at American Airlines Arena on December 28 2010 in Miami Florida. the Heat defeated the Knicks 106-98. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Orlando Magic host the much-improved New York Knicks this evening in a nationally televised affair that'll close out the 2010 portion of their schedule. Free agency brought center Amar'e Stoudemire, now the league's second-leading scorer at 26.3 points per game, and point guard Raymond Felton to the Big Apple, and they've keyed a notable turnaround that's certain to result in a playoff appearance.

The personnel has changed and improved, but the system under coach Mike D'Antoni remains the same: the Knicks look to run the ball (96.6 possessions per game), take plenty of three-pointers (24.7 per game), and aren't terribly committed to defense (109.2 points per 100 possessions allowed). With that said, this team has so many offensive weapons that it can blow you away even if you play solid defense. Orlando's best hope, if its own offense doesn't work, is to lock up Stoudemire on the inside and just sort of hope the perimeter shooting of Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and rookie revelation Landry Fields doesn't sink them.

Former Knick Quentin Richardson still has the flu and won't play this evening for Orlando.

I'm here at Amway Center to cover the game live.

2010/2011 NBA Season
New York Knicks main logo
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Orlando Magic main logo
18-13 (10-6 road)
Lost 1
20-12 (11-5 home)
Won 4
December 30th, 2010
Amway Center
7:00 PM
TNT
Probable Starters
Raymond Felton PG Jameer Nelson
Landry Fields SG Jason Richardson
Wilson Chandler SF Hedo Turkoglu
Danilo Gallinari PF Brandon Bass
Amar'e Stoudemire C Dwight Howard
2010/11 Advanced Stats
96.6 (2nd) Pace 91.7 (18th)
110.2 (7th) ORtg 106.2 (16th)
109.2 (24th) DRtg 101.3 (4th)
Game Officials
James Capers
Pat Fraher
Derek Richardson