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Magic vs. Knicks four-factors analysis

Orlando lost its fifth straight game Tuesday night as the Knicks ran away with the fourth quarter. Here's a look at the four factors.

Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, and Arron Afflalo
Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, and Arron Afflalo
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The Orlando Magic hung tough with the undefeated New York Knicks on Tuesday night, trailing by only one point after three quarters, but a horrific fourth quarter proved to be their undoing as New York walked away with a 99-89 win. Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Raymond Felton each scored 20-plus points in the victory, which the Knicks managed despite Orlando holding a 42-31 edge on the glass.

Here's what the four factors have to say about the Magic's loss:

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Knicks 90.7 109.2 54.2% 9.5 15.4 9.9
Magic 90.7 98.1 52.7% 13.3 26.5 22.1
Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2011/12 average;
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2011/12 average.

Turnovers proved to be the difference in the game. Both teams shot well, neither team accomplished much at the foul line, and Orlando owned the offensive glass. But the Knicks took care of the ball, whereas the Magic, for the third time in their last four games, coughed it up more than once every five trips down the floor.

Starting swingman Arron Afflalo was the biggest culprit, committing seven of the Magic's 20 turnovers, which turnovers the Knicks converted into 24 points. Afflalo entered the game having committed just six in 206 minutes, so his poor handling comes as a shock.

Two of his turnovers came when he stepped on the sideline with his back foot while trying to put the ball on the floor. Another two came when he dribbled into heavy traffic and leapt into the air trying to make a play. Another still came when he dribbled the ball off his foot. Indeed, Tuesday's was an uncharacteristically sloppy performance by Afflalo, who missed 10 of his 14 shots on top of committing those turnovers.

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