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Magic beat Knicks in back-and-forth affair

Feb 12, 2015 - 4:42 AM Orlando, FL ( - Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 18 rebounds in the Orlando Magic's 89-83 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

Victor Oladipo added 19 points in a game that featured 21 lead changes and 13 ties. Willie Green and Elfrid Payton tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Magic (17-39), who snapped a two-game losing streak heading into the All-Star break.

Dewayne Dedmon provided a spark off the bench with six blocks.

"Dewayne was fantastic," said Magic interim head coach James Borrego. "I think he changed the entire complexion of the game -- his energy, the way he competed. He protected the paint. He protected the rim."

Orlando, however, lost starting forward Channing Frye to a dislocated left index finger.

Jason Smith ended with 25 points and seven boards for the Knicks (10-43), who have lost five in a row. Andrea Bargnani and Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.

New York was without forwards Carmelo Anthony (knee) and Lance Thomas (undisclosed).

The back-and-forth battled was tied 75-75 with 5:46 to play. The Magic followed with a 12-2 run to pull away. Vucevic tallied eight points during the surge to make it an 87-77 contest.

The Knicks never got closer than six the rest of the way.

"It was 75-75 ... and the referees missed some calls sometimes, but that definitely changed the momentum, I think, in my opinion," said Knicks coach Derek Fisher. "We didn't have our closer out there, and some guys that weren't comfortable trying to squeeze that one out for us."

Orlando led 64-60 after the first 36 minutes featured 21 lead changes and 10 ties.

Game Notes

Orlando shot 46.3 percent from the field ... Magic forward Tobias Harris (knee) missed his second straight game ... New York fell to 3-24 on the road this season.