It was both a point guard and a center duel in Orlando with the Knicks coming up short against the Magic,116-110.
Jameer Nelson went on a scoring spree in the second half to give the Magic the hard-earned victory over a Knicks team that is coming off a Sunday road win against the Miami Heat.
Nelson finished with 26 points, while his Knicks counter-part Chauncey Billups finished with 30.
The big man duel was equally interesting, as Orlando's Dwight Howard scoring 30 points and added 16 rebounds, compared to Amare Stoudemire's 30 points, but only two rebounds. The Knicks' center averages nearly nine rebounds a game, so the low output tonight is rather surprising, especially considering the magnitude of the game.
Billups, who went into the game as the second-best free-throw shooter in the NBA, shot 18-20 from the line.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, but shot eight-of-24 from the field.
The Magic got their first lead of the second half when Derek Anderson hit a 25-foot three-pointer inside the last nine minutes of the game.
After that, Nelson went to work. The hard-nosed guard scored 11 points in less than two minutes to extend the Magic's lead to nine. The Knicks would cut into the lead, but the Magic were still able to hold on.
The Magic jumped out to a 11-point lead in the first quarter, led by Howard's 17 points.
While the first quarter belonged to the Orlando center, the second quarter belonged to Stoudemire. The Knicks came roaring back, outscoring the Magic 37-15 in the period, thanks to Stoudemire's 13 points.
The Magic improve their record to 39-22, while the Knicks drop to 30-28.