(ORLANDO, Fla.) — For the third time in team history the New York Knicks are off to a 5-0 start. Carmelo Anthony led the team with 25 points as it beat the Orlando Magic Tuesday, 99-89, to improve to 5-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
The Knicks trailed 53-49 at halftime, but picked up the defensive pressure in the second half, leading them to victory.
“First half we were trying to get the home run early. We were trying to win the game all in a couple plays,” Carmelo Anthony said. “Then that third quarter we just settled down and got back to the way we’d been playing in the past….spacing the court…utilizing everybody…taking our time. And then when they come down the court holding them to one shot or not even a shot.”
Raymond Felton scored 21 points and J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 21 as well for New York.
The Knicks are the only team left in the NBA without a loss.
That record will be put to the test Thursday when they visit the 7-1 San Antonio Spurs.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire