New York, NY (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard recorded his 46th double-double of the season with 24 points and 21 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic stave off a furious New York run and edge the Knicks, 114-109, at Madison Square Garden.
Nate Robinson totaled 32 points in 36 minutes off the bench for the Knicks, who came in having won three of four after a six-game slide. Wilson Chandler chipped in 27 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting and Al Harrington had 26 points in defeat.
David Lee also earned his 46th double-double with 10 points and as many boards. It was also Lee's 21st consecutive double-double.
Down by 10 late in the game, Harrington notched a three-point play to cut the Knicks' deficit to 100-93 with 2:45 showing on the clock.
The home team closed to 108-104 on a three-pointer from Robinson with 31.4 ticks left.
Alston was fouled on Orlando's ensuing possession and hit 1-of-2 before Danilo Gallinari dropped a three from the top of the arc to make it 109-107 with 24.2 seconds remaining.
Alston and Robinson each added two points, and it was 111-109 with 17.8 seconds showing.
After using two timeouts, the Magic finally got the ball in, and Lewis was fouled before hitting both free throws to make it a four-point game, which sealed the win for Orlando.
The Magic led 25-15 after the first quarter and opened a 57-43 advantage at the break. New York then trailed 81-71 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Chandler knocked down a three from the left wing to cut New York's deficit to 88-80 with 7:15 left in the game.
The teams traded baskets and New York's deficit hovered around 10 points, until Chandler hit a three and Harrington knocked down a jumper to make it 94-89 with 3:47 left.
Alston and Lewis then drained threes to bookend a free throw from Robinson, and Orlando was up by 10, 100-90, with just under three minutes left.