- Magic 112, Knicks 102: As fun as it is to jump on Eddy Curry and his 80:1 pound/rebound ratio, the Knicks have other problems. Dwight Howard made things difficult for one of the Knicks big men -- though the other, Zach Randolph, did manage to have 23 points on 13 rebounds -- but the New York shooters' failure to back them up the frontcourt cost the Knicks this game. The perimeter players didn't play great defense either. Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson each cracked 20 points for Orlando.
At times, the Knicks will look like they did against the Nuggets: a talented team that can go toe-to-toe with high-scoring teams. But other clubs will be able to exploit the Knicks' weaknesses -- Curry's rebounding and interest in playing hard the entire game are among them -- and get results like this one tonight. That doesn't speak well of Isiah Thomas, but he's not the easiest guy to get in a good light these days.
Photograph of Orlando Magic player Dwight Howard (2) blocking a shot from Stephon Marbury by Julie Jacobson/AP