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Lewis, Howard lead Magic past Knicks

Nov 10, 2007 - 4:46 AM By Larry Fleisher PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The 3-pointers were not falling with their usual accuracy but that did not prevent the Orlando Magic from remaining unbeaten on the road.

Rashard Lewis scored 21 points as the Magic heated up down the stretch from the arc and concluded a four-game road trip with a 112-102 victory over the New York Knicks Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Dwight Howard collected 22 points and 20 rebounds for his fifth double-double and Jameer Nelson chipped in 24 and 10 assists for Orlando, which is 5-1 for the first time in five seasons.

Hedo Turkoglu also added 21 points for the Magic, who are 4-0 away from home - the best road start in team history.

"It's just a sign of our maturity," said Howard, who recorded his seventh career game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. "Last year, I think our team would have folded in the pressure situations, and so far early in the season, we keep our composure as a team."

"We just had to continue to play the game even though shots weren't falling for us early in the game. We knew it would eventually happen," Lewis added. "We just had to keep playing our game, going inside out and let Dwight get rolling. Once he started controlling the paint, he was drawing a lot of attention and leaving us wide open."

Orlando came into the game shooting 42 percent from 3-point range and already had four games with at least 10 shots from the arc, including a 12-of-22 showing in the season opener against Milwaukee and a 12-of-31 outing Wednesday in Toronto.

"They're a good team," Knicks guard Jamal Crawford said. "They haven't lost a road game yet. It's difficult because positions one through four on their team shoot threes."

The Magic did not duplicate those performances as they missed 17 of their first 21 attempts. Despite that, they were able to take the lead late in the third quarter as Lewis hit consecutive 3-pointers and converted three foul shots after being fouled by Renaldo Balkman with 41.4 seconds left.

"I think when I hit that three, we started going up by four points and then we went up by six, seven points," Lewis said. "As the momentum started shifting a little bit, we started feeling good on the defensive end and just all we had to do was get stops and we knew we could go on the offensive end and get a basket whether it was inside or out."

Orlando took a 77-73 lead into the fourth and never surrendered its lead. The Magic went up 83-76 with 10:08 remaining when Turkoglu hit his first 3-pointer of the night and then took another seven-point lead just over three minutes later when the sharpshooter struck from the arc.

Following Turkoglu's 3-pointer, Howard made it a nine-point game with a dunk and Turkoglu put Orlando up by double digits with a transition layup at the 5:49 mark. Just 19 seconds later, Lewis hit another 3-pointer for a 95-81 lead.

"We are good shooters and, if you miss 10, you shoot the 11th and you know it's going to go in," said Turkoglu, who scored 12 points in the fourth. "That's the good thing about this team. We got guys who can knock down shots."

"Their guys hit a lot of big shots in the fourth and throughout the whole game," Knicks forward Zach Randolph said. "They're a tough team in the East. Anytime they shoot like that from the perimeter, they're hard to beat."

While Orlando waited to get going from the arc, it stayed in the game by missing only seven field-goal attempts inside the 3-point line. The Magic quickly rallied from an early seven-point deficit, trailed by one at halftime and never allowed New York to build more than a five-point edge.

The Magic connected on 47 percent (40-of-85) from the floor while finishing 9-of-29 from the arc.

"We just played our game," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I didn't see hesitation on guys. They kept shooting the same shots. We could have been headed for a 5-for-29 night and criticism in the paper tomorrow that we settle and everything else, but we played our game and our guys played with confidence."

The Knicks were trying to go two games over .500 for the first time in nearly three years. They had not been two games over since January 1, 2005 when Lenny Wilkens was coaching the team.

Zach Randolph led the Knicks with 23 points and 13 rebounds and Eddy Curry added 19 but just three boards. It was not nearly enough as New York got very little out of its starting backcourt of Jamal Crawford and Stephon Marbury, who combined for 27 points - most of it coming in garbage time.

The Knicks, who were coming off a 37-point showing in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 119-112 win over Denver, finished with 20 turnovers and shot 44 percent (35-of-79) while going 25-of-33 from the foul line.

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