The Knicks begin a set of back-to-back games today, as they take on the Magic at The Garden.
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Despite losing Porzingis, the Knicks didn’t miss a beat without their star thanks to the reinsertion of Enes Kanter back in the lineup.
In just 25 minutes, Kanter produced yet another double-double against Miami — 22 points and 14 rebounds — and continues his strong play this season.
This will be the second time this season the Knicks will face the Magic and the home side will be looking to avenge its 112-99 loss in Orlando back on Nov. 8.
Without Porzingis and on the back end of back-to-back games, the Knicks kept it close, but faded in the fourth quarter.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with a team-high 26 points in the contest.
The Magic have struggled since their win over the Knicks — they’re 9-14 this season — and are coming off a 133-112 loss to the Warriors Friday.
Aaron Gordon scored a game-high 29 points in the defeat and is leading the Magic in points per game this season, averaging 19.0.
The Knicks enter a favorable part of the schedule, beginning with today’s matchup against the Magic. Six of their next seven games are against teams currently under .500.