Orlando 114 Knicks 109
Seems that people on the forums were asking about last night's game. I watched it beginning to end. Howard pretty much dominated the paint on both ends of the floor. Lee had a shot blocked early on & the Knicks had trouble running the pick & roll. Howard was daring Lee to shoot from outside, and I don't think his shot was falling last night. It seemed that no one's shot was falling early on. Harrington had trouble driving & when he got close to the hoop Howard would force up a fall away jumper instead of a layup.
The only thing that kept the Knicks in the game was their hot three point shooting. Chandler was on fire. His three point shooting is approaching respectable this year. I was really impressed. Gallo was ablaze at the end of the game. He hit a three from about 4 feet behind the arc to keep the Knicks alive in the final minutes. The Knicks played it real cool down the stretch with some good ball denial as well. Orlando had to use a few timeouts because they couldn't inbound the ball. Had they missed any free throws the Knicks might have been able to send it into OT.
Some other random notes. There were some dubious calls throughout. Gallo was called on a travel that was jaw dropping bad. Howard got called on goaltending that looked clean. A few pushes underneath went uncalled. Nate got into it with Anthony Johnson. Thankfully Johnson cooled down quickly, while Nate had to be restrained by his teammates. Duhon was unable to score. On one play he kept dribbling around the paint. He kept his dribble but couldn't get himself or a teammate open. I don't understand the team's reluctance to play Wilcox. Hughes can get on the court for 15 minutes, but Wilcox can't get 5? They should have put him on the floor to hack-a-Howard.