Magic Beat Knicks In Close Game

Brunson passed the ball to Toppin who then passed it to Barrett for a dunk.

Julius Randle had 25 points and 12 rebounds and the Knicks beat the Magic 115-102.

Thibodeau and the Knicks say they want to play faster this season. They were near the bottom of the league in pace last season, but the results so far look promising.

I think it’s fun when we get stops because then we can run and everybody gets to touch the ball.

Banchero scored 21 points. This makes him the third No. 1 pick to open a career with four consecutive games of 20 or more points. However, he has not yet won a game as a pro.

Banchero said that the team needs to come with a higher level of focus and urgency, as there are 78 more games. He noted that it will not be easy to win games, as no team will hand them a win–they will have to go and get it.

The tall players did well but not enough to win because the players who throw the ball into the hoop didn’t do well. They only shot the ball into the hoop 7 times out of 35 attempts.

The Knicks were winning by three points in the middle of the third quarter when Randle scored a three-point play. This started a 15-4 burst that ended when Brunson picked up a loose ball and threw it ahead to Toppin. Toppin is a crowd favorite who won the slam dunk contest at All-Star weekend. Toppin dropped a bounce pass behind him to Barrett, who slammed the ball down, making the score 94-80.

Brunson stated that the team is trying to do things they know they can do well. Thibs believes that playing in the open court will be beneficial for the team and will make the game easier when it gets to crunch time.

Orlando cut the lead to six with 4 1/2 minutes remaining, but Brunson made a jumper and was fouled, giving him a three-point play. Robinson then made a follow shot, restoring the double-digit lead at 109-98.

Banchero is the only number one pick with a streak of 20 or more point games that is longer than Jamahl Mosley’s.

The Knicks want to take more 3-point shots per game, but coach Thibodeau wouldn’t say how many more. They averaged 37.5 3-point attempts in their first two games, and took 37 3-point shots in their most recent game. G Quentin Grimes remained out with left foot soreness.

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