MANILA, Philippines – For the first time since the 1993-94 season, the New York Knicks have won their first five games.
They defeated the Orlando Magic, 99-89, with All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony scoring 25 points, and JR Smith and Raymond Felton each adding 21.
The Magic were stunted by 20 turnovers that led to 24 points for New York.
“We buckled down on our defense and slowed them down. We kept them off the glass, and once we had a chance to rebound the basketball, we got out,” said Anthony in NBA.com.
New York coach Mike Woodson said their defense was the key for their five-game winning streak.
“This is the fifth straight game we haven’t allowed over 40 points in the second half. That just tells me our defense is right where it needs to be,” Woodson told NBA.com.
The Magic held a slim lead in the third period before veteran point guard Jason Kidd scored five straight points to spark the Knicks. Orlando would score only 13 points in the final quarter.
The Knicks remain the league’s only unbeaten team, while Orlando lost its fifth consecutive game. It is only the third time in franchise history that New York has started a season 5-0. With a report from ANC.