Despite a late push, the Knicks fell to the Trail Blazers, 94-90, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 26 points, while Nicholas Batum led the Blazers with 20
After requesting more minutes, Amare’ Stoudemire scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench
The Knicks are now 4-12 against the West, and 0-2 against the Trail Blazers on the year. The Blazers swept the season series last year, too.
Portland has beaten the Knicks the past four matchups.
Sam SpiegelmanClose but no cigar.
After holding onto a one-point lead at the break, the Trail Blazers (35-14) exploded for a 30-point third quarter and staved off a late push from the home team en route to a 94-90 victory, sweeping the season series against New York for a second straight year.
After Amare’ Stoudemire’s jumper put the Knicks (19-30) up 59-58 with just over three and a half minutes left in the third quarter, the Trail Blazers embarked on a 19-9 run to close out the quarter and took a 77-68 lead into the fourth.
Portland’s double-digit lead was short-lived, though, as Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith both got shooting the ball in late. With just under a minute remaining in the game, Hardaway’s 3-pointer brought the Knicks to within two.
Queue LaMarcus Aldridge.
The All-Star forward sank a jump shot to give Portland a four-point cushion, then Mo Williams and Damian Lillard went 3-of-4 from the free-throw line to close out the win.
The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony, who scored a game-high 26 points with eight rebounds. Off the bench, Hardaway had 12 and Smith had 18, while Stoudemire backed up his request for more minutes with 15.
Nicholas Batum scored a team-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews had 18-7 and Aldridge posted 15-12. Lillard added 12.
Next Game: The Knicks host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.