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Magic vs. Knicks: Orlando plays one last game before long layoff

Before the Magic can relax for the extended All-Star Break, they have to take care of business against New York, the league's worst team.

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Amar'e Stoudemire
Amar'e Stoudemire
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The Orlando Magic conclude the pre-All-Star Break portion of their season Wednesday when they host the league-worst New York Knicks at Amway Center.

Tipoff between Orlando and New York is set for 7:00 PM. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic dropped to 1-2 under interim coach James Borrego on Monday night against the Washington Wizards, 96-80, with Washington's second-half barrage of threes sealing their fate. Wiz big men Marcin Gortat and Nenê controlled the paint, scoring an efficient 28 points combined and helping the hosts control the boards by a 53-33 margin. Evan Fournier filled in admirably for the injured Tobias Harris, scoring a team-best 18 points off the bench, but he had precious little help offensively.

New York's last time out: The Knicks' losing streak reached four games Monday against the Miami Heat as they fell by a 109-95 count. All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony left the game in the fourth quarter owing to knee soreness, but tallied 26 points in 32 minutes before his exit. Amar'e Stoudemire posted 14 points and seven boards off the bench.

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The last meeting: The Magic kept Anthony mostly in check--he scored 25 points on 24 shot attempts--but still fell to New York, 113-106, in January. Unheralded youngsters Lance Thomas and Langston Galloway scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, including some key baskets late in the fourth quarter with the outcome still in question. And if you're asking, "Who are Lance Thomas and Langston Galloway?" that's sort of the point. Nik Vučević scored 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in one of the finer performances of his pro career, while Elfrid Payton dished 11 assists.

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