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Blazers shoot poorly but hold off Knicks, 94-90

  • Article by: BRIAN MAHONEY
  • Associated Press
  • February 5, 2014 - 10:00 PM

NEW YORK — Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 18 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame poor-shooting nights by their two All-Stars to beat the New York Knicks 94-90 on Wednesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds while shooting just 5 of 17 from the floor. Damian Lillard shot 4 of 12 for his 12 points.

They were far from the only frigid shooters on a snowy day in New York.

The Trail Blazers made just 38 percent, but the Knicks hit only 40 percent of their attempts and were 4 of 21 from 3-point range.

Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points on 11-of-28 shooting for the Knicks, who dropped their third straight.

The Knicks were within one after a strong start to the fourth quarter, then had just two baskets and five points over the next 7 minutes — and still had a chance to pull it out.

Portland, missing free throws and layups throughout the fourth, couldn't put it away even while the Knicks were making just two of their first 18 3-point attempts. J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. then made consecutive shots from behind the arc, cutting it to 89-87 with 50 seconds left.

Aldridge made a turnaround jumper 15 seconds later, and after Anthony missed a drive, Mo Williams made a pair of free throws to make it a six-point game. Smith made three from the line after Batum fouled him behind the arc, but Lillard made one to make it 94-90, and the Knicks missed their final 3-point attempt.

Anthony was frustrated throughout the night, picking up one technical foul and waving his arm in disgust toward referee Dan Crawford a few times. He appeared to be yelling toward him after the buzzer.

Smith had 18 points and Amare Stoudemire, getting the extra minutes he sought, scored 15.

Portland, which has had one of the NBA's best records all season, had dropped three of four and five of its last eight games. But the Blazers did just enough to rebound from Monday's 100-90 loss at Washington, its only one in nine road games against the Eastern Conference this season.

Aldridge missed 10 of his first 11 shots and the Blazers led by two before he made a short jumper over Raymond Felton while being fouled with 3:25 left in the third quarter, starting Portland's run of seven straight points that made it 70-61. The lead hit 11 in the final minute on Dorell Wright's three free throws, and it was 77-68 entering the fourth.

New York ran off the first eight of the final period, pulling to 77-76 on Pablo Prigioni's 3-pointer with 8:16 to play. But Williams made a 3-pointer from the corner to steady the Blazers just about the time the Knicks stalled.

The Knicks were without forward Kenyon Martin, who will rest a sore left ankle for at least the next week.

NOTES: Anthony was announced before the game as the Eastern Conference player of the month for January, when he averaged 28.7 points and 9.0 rebounds. ... Boxer Manny Pacquiao was at the game. ... The Knicks paid tribute to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, a fan of the team who died Sunday. ... The Knicks played their first of three straight against the Northwest Division. They host Denver on Friday and visit Oklahoma City.

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