This was not the upset of the century, but it was the upset of the young NBA of TU.
After the Knicks beat the Magic on Friday night at the Amway Center, Orlando took revenge on Gordon in Sunday’s 110-104 victory.
Manhattan product Cole Anthony went for 21 of his 29 points in the first half and Terrence Ross scored all 22 of his points in the fourth quarter.
The Knicks were flying high at 2-0 and the 12-point favorites entered the contest. A gigantic slam by Orlando’s Mo Wagner at Obi Toppin gave Orlando 86-80 with 9:20 left, and coach Tom Thibodeau ran out of time.
Young Magic, arguably the worst team in the NBA, didn’t wilt. Before a scout game, Magic was called a “college team.”
Orlando has clearly marked Friday’s home opener, as the Knicks stacked it up after building a 32-point lead in the second quarter as thousands of Knicks fans celebrated in Orlando.
Julius Randall remained in the game with less than five minutes to go on Friday, as the Knicks jumped to 30, leading to a clash between him and Wendell Carter Jr.
“Thank God we have them back in 24 hours,” Mo Bamba said after the brutal loss. “We can’t go out there and be a sleeping team. We have to go out and hit first.
In the loss, Randall scored 30 points and Derrick Rose 23 points, while the Knicks shot 27 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
However, the Knicks survived the scare of center Mitchell Robinson, whose leg caught up with Jalen Suggs, who fell to the ground early in the third quarter.
Robinson, who broke his leg in March, had to be helped by rookie Jericho Sims and Trainor off the court and landed in the locker room. However, he returned to the game and eventually fell foul.
This was a poor showing for the 2020 lottery pick Toppin, who held to two points despite not showing strength in defense.
The garden has been charged, but so is the magic after Friday’s badly punched.
The Magic took a 69-66 lead after Anthony the jumper and had four minutes left in the third before the Knicks rallied again.
Unlike Friday, when the Knicks overcame the Magic from the starting lineup, the Knicks held the Magic lead eight minutes before their first lead or the game started.
The Magic were competitive due to poor shooting Anthony in Friday’s game. However, on Sunday, Anthony hit 5 of 9 from 3-point range.