Thibodeau certainly has much to celebrate these days, with his Knicks off to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
Julius Randle had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Evan Fournier added 18 against his former team and New York hit a franchise record of 24 to 3 points to overtake the rebuilding Magic.
“I think it’s a reflection of the team playing for each other and just doing the right game,” Thibodeau said after the Knicks followed Wednesday’s double-overtime loss to Boston with a win. easy. “We’ve talked a lot about wanting to shoot more 3s, but we want them to be the right 3s. When the second defenseman comes in, the guys read it right. “
The Knicks led by 31 points in the second quarter and pushed the lead to 34 early in the second half. The Magic (0-2) were hardly competitive.
“Honestly, we just played the right way,” Fournier said. “We just shared the ball, tried to be aggressive and make the right play. It was the result of a good offense. “
Immanuel Quickley hit four 3s and scored 16 points, and Obit Toppin contributed 13 points. The Knicks shot 50 from deep.
Rookie Franz Wagner led the Magic with 16 points, scoring 4 of 5 out of a 3-point range. Mo Bamba added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando, who shot 41%. Rookie Jalen Suggs scored 14 points on a 4 of 17 shot.
“We got too dispersed tonight and I’m going to have to go back and watch the movie to see where we went out because (New York) spread the ground really well,” said Orlando coach Jamahl. Mosley. “At first (the Knicks) were doing the extra pass and knocking back shots. “
Fournier, who played for Orlando from 2014-21 before being traded last spring, made four 3. He had a lot of support from Knicks fans at Amway Center.
“It was a home game,” said Fournier. My God, I have been in this building many times and felt like I was at home tonight. ”
The Knicks had 18 of their 31 first shots and 10 of 17 3s to open the game.
MCGRADY IN THE HOUSE
Magic consultant Tracy McGrady was at the Amway Center for the ceremonial jump ball toss. When asked why he – a recent inductee to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame – was dropped from the list of the NBA’s 75 Greatest Players, McGrady said, “That’s what everyone in basketball does. ball wants to know. “
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and seven-time gold medalist swimmer Caleb Dressel were also in attendance.
Knicks: New York led by 24 before the game lasted 13 minutes. … Thibodeau said center Nerlens Noel, who missed his second game in a row with left knee pain, is “getting closer” and he “is moving forward, and when he’s ready he will go. … Thibodeau said friend and former Magic coach Steve Clifford gave him a solid scouting report on Fournier. “I had known (Fournier) from my time here and with the way (Clifford) spoke about him. (Fournier) does not get angry and he is not afraid of great moments. “
Magic: In his first two NBA games, Suggs is 7 for 31 on the field and 1 of 12 at 3 points.
The teams play again on Sunday in New York.