By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
TRAIL BLAZERS 94, KNICKS 90 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
The two teams were separated by a single point at halftime, but in the third, Portland outscored the Knicks by eight. Until the last minute, that crucial quarter was the story of the game, as the Blazers had managed to fend off any Knicks run.
Then, in a span of 14 seconds, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. drained back-to-back threes and with 50 seconds to go, the Knicks were within two with 50 seconds to play. After 47 minutes of uncharacteristically poor shooting from both teams, the Garden came alive.
But that was as close as it would get, as LaMarcus Aldridge came out of a timeout and nailed a trademark 13-foot turnaround jumper with Tyson Chandler's hand in his face. That impossible-seeming shot sealed the win for Portland.
Knick of the Night:
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 26 points and eight rebounds. He was able to punish all shapes and sizes of Blazer defenders, opening things up for his teammates on the outside.
The Knicks will have to regroup quickly, as the Denver Nuggets and their uptempo style of play come to the Garden for Friday Night Knicks.