Emmanuel Mudiay scored 19 points as the New York Knicks rode a big night by their reserves, overcame a 16-point deficit and recorded a 108-103 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
The Knicks won consecutive games for the second time this season and their second straight home game after a team-record 18-game home losing streak.
Using strictly reserves, the Knicks dominated the fourth quarter by a 30-13 margin and their reserves outscored Orlando’s bench players 75-7 in the game.
Rookie Allonzo Trier scored 12 of his 18 in the fourth while first-year center Mitchell Robinson finished with a career-best 17 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks and three steals. Henry Ellenson added 13 as the Knicks shot 62.5 percent (10 of 16) in the fourth quarter.
Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points apiece for Orlando, which lost for the third time in its last 11 games. The Magic also missed a chance to move into a tie with Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by missing 20 of 25 shots in the fourth quarter, including 10 of its last 11 shots.
Jonathan Issac added 16 and Evan Fournier finished with 15, but reserve Terrence Ross, who had 28 in Sunday’s win at Toronto shot 1 of 10 and finished with three points.
Orlando withstood numerous New York comeback attempts in the first 36 minutes and held a 90-78 lead going into the fourth. The Knicks did not get the lead until Robinson hit a foul shot to make it 101-100 with 2:57 left.
After Robinson blocked his sixth shot, Vucevic missed an off-balance jumper as the shot clock ran out. Ellenson then made it 104-100 by hitting a 3-pointer from the left wing in front of Orlando’s bench with 2:11 remaining.
Following a turnover in the low post by Vucevic with 38.2 seconds left, Mudiay extended the lead to 106-100 by hitting two free throws with 33.6 seconds left but Ross hit his only 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 106-103 with 28.8 seconds to play.
After the Knicks called a timeout, Trier hit two free throws with 23.1 seconds left. On the next possession, Ross missed a 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds left and Robinson grabbed the rebound.