ORLANDO, Fla. — It felt similar the Knicks staged different location opener Friday.
This 1 went a batch easier than Wednesday’s double-overtime dogfight with the Celtics, arsenic the Knicks cruised to a 20-point pb aft 1 quarter, led by 31 midway done the 2nd and delighted the ample contingent of fans successful Knicks jerseys with a 121-96 bludgeoning of the woeful Magic astatine Amway Center.
It’s the archetypal clip the Knicks started a play 2-0 since the 2012-13 play erstwhile they won 54 games. Even past season, they began 0-2 earlier going connected to decorativeness 41-31.
The Knicks wholly ruined Orlando’s location opener. The NBA did the Magic nary favors putting the Knicks successful this gathering for their archetypal location game. The fans chanted “Let’s Go Knicks” successful the archetypal half, serenaded their 2020 lottery pick, Obi Toppin, with “O-bi’’ chants and gave Derrick Rose the arena’s loudest ovation erstwhile helium checked into the game.
Friday was arsenic overmuch for the Knicks arsenic someone’s archetypal clip astatine Disney’s adjacent Magic Kingdom. Meanwhile, the Magic, who whitethorn vie for the NBA’s worst grounds arsenic they embark connected different monolithic rebuilding, person to sojourn the Garden connected Sunday.
Seven Knicks — Julius Randle (21), Evan Fournier (18), Immanuel Quickley (16), Obi Toppin (13), Alec Burks (12), Rose (12) and Kemba Walker (11) — scored successful treble figures arsenic the squad changeable 50 percent. The Knicks besides finished with a franchise grounds 24 3-pointers arsenic they went 24-for-54 from deep.
Before the game, Fournier, the Knicks’ caller shooting guard, talked astir “hating’’ erstwhile helium faced them portion playing for the Magic due to the fact that of the ample contingent of New York fans. Fournier past scored 15 of his 18 points successful the archetypal half.
The Knicks’ revamped discourtesy was humming, and 18 of their archetypal 13 tract goals were disconnected assists. The spree started aboriginal with Walker, who historically has played good successful Orlando, drilling his archetypal 3 3-pointerrs.
Everything seemed to click, though, arsenic Fournier got blistery successful his aged stomping grounds, draining 3 of 6 from 3-point scope successful the archetypal half.
When RJ Barrett, who played astatine Montverde Academy adjacent Orlando, took a rebound and went seashore to seashore for a layup, the Knicks got up 31-16. Barrett inactive lives successful Orlando successful the offseason.
The pb swelled to 36-16 aft 1 4th arsenic the Knicks did that harm without the high-flying Toppin. The Knicks got their fastbreak going again with Toppin, who scored connected 1 beauteous play successful which helium made a pugnacious drawback underneath similar a wide receiver and flicked successful the layup contempt the shot being partially blocked.
After Barrett sank a 14-footer, the Knicks were up 31 points, 56-25, with 5:30 near successful the 2nd quarter. The Knicks soared successful beforehand by 34 points aboriginal successful the 3rd 4th earlier Orlando made a comeback, trimming the shortage to 16 precocious successful the 3rd quarter.
Magic constituent defender Cole Anthony, who grew up successful Manhattan, started successful the backcourt and didn’t sprout good (3-for-13), but had six assists.