ORLANDO, Fla. — Aaron Gordon scored 20 of his 31 points inside first quarter, and also also also the Orlando Magic held off two rallies to beat the skidding Knicks, 131-117, on Sunday night.
Nikola Vucevic had 28 points, 10 rebounds and also also also 9 assists for Orlando, which has won seven of nine.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 32 points for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight. Trey Burke added 31, and also also also Enes Kanter finished with 21 points and also also also 19 rebounds.
Orlando made its first 10 shots (seven by Gordon) and also also also led, 28-10, when D. J. Augustin hit a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter. Gordon had 20 points when he took a seat on the bench with 3 minutes 54 seconds left inside period. The Magic tied a team record for first-quarter points and also also also ended the period leading, 44-31.
“Aaron Gordon is usually one of the top 1 percent of athletes in which league,” Knicks Coach David Fizdale said. “The fact he’s today producing his 3s, with which athleticism and also also also his ability to put the ball on the floor, which’s a scary thought.”
Burke and also also also Kanter came off the bench to get the Knicks back in which quickly. Burke scored 16 points inside first half and also also also Kanter had 14 points and also also also 16 rebounds, including nine at the offensive end. Noah Vonleh closed the first half having a 3-pointer for the Knicks to cut the deficit to 67-66.
A layup by Gordon got Orlando’s lead back up to 12 inside third quarter, nevertheless Burke and also also also Hardaway answered with all of the Knicks’ points in an 11-2 run.
Jonathan Isaac scored seven of his 16 points inside fourth quarter to help Orlando put which away. He rebounded a Hardaway shot, and also also also then dunked off a fast break, putting the Magic ahead, 116-104, with 5:27 left.
The Magic shot 57 percent and also also also set a season high for points, surpassing the 130 they scored Saturday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I guess which’s just the ball movement,” said Gordon, who made 13 of 17 shots. “The ball was sticking a little bit earlier inside year, and also also also the ball is usually jumping around the court. Everybody’s passing and also also also producing the right reads all over the floor.”
Knicks center Mitchell Robinson, who blocked nine Magic shots last Monday, went to the bench with four fouls with 2:11 left inside second quarter. He played 75 seconds inside second half. … Forward Mario Hezonga sat out a second straight game with stomach flu or food poisoning, David Fizdale said.