Denton: Magic vs. Knicks Analysis (12/23/13)

   

Of course, it didn’t hurt the Magic that Anthony went out of the game with 7:26 left in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain. He apparently injured his foot after landing awkwardly on a jump shot and was ruled out of the game minutes later. He had 19 points in his 25 minutes on the floor.

The Magic saw an encouraging start quickly fade away when they were outscored 36-14 in the second quarter. That forgettable 12 minutes dropped them into a frustrating 65-41 hole at the half.

Orlando was once again unable to avoid the big swings in momentum in the second period. New York ripped off runs of 10-0 and 16-3 in the second quarter to further frustrate Orlando.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said afterward that the Magic have to do a better job of fighting through rough spots in the game so that they aren’t forced to have to fight their way out of 25-point holes in the game. He said that too often of late Orlando has let bad emotional swings get the best of them and lead to poor outcomes.

``As much as this game is physical, the mental part of this game is the toughest,’’ Vaughn said. ``Being able to let that (negative) play happen, see the results of it, and then not let it carry over. We got to the point where we were asking for things – whether it was from the referees or expecting things. One play can sometimes carry over and we need to continue to work on just playing forward.’’

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