Knicks, Porzingis carry magical run to Orlando (Nov 08, 2017)

Nobody is hotter on offense than the New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, so Orlando’s first encounter with the 7-foot-3 forward might be coming at a bad time for the Magic.

After consecutive double-digit home losses, the Magic will attempt to stop Porzingis on Wednesday night when they host the surging Knicks.

Orlando (6-4) is off to a respectable start, but its last two games did not go well. The early-season surge was highlighted by a blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 27, but against the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics last weekend, little went right.

The Magic shot 40.7 percent and lost 105-83 to the Bulls on Friday night. The follow-up did not go any better, as Orlando shot 36.3 percent, missed 23 of 29 3-point attempts and wound up with a 104-88 loss to the Celtics.

Attempting to rebound from its first significant adversity of the season occurs just before Orlando starts a four-game West Coast swing that includes a visit to Golden State. The trip is part of a 10-game stretch in which the Magic will play just twice at home.

“It’s very important, especially because after that we go to the West Coast,” Orlando center Nikola Vucevic said of the New York game. “Those West Coast trips can be very tough and tricky,

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