Trial Blazers keep Knicks out of win column
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored 29 points and Darius
Miles added 26 as the Portland Trail Blazers kept the New York Knicks winless
on the season with a 95-83 victory at the Rose Garden.
Randolph shot 11-of-19 from the floor and also pulled down 12 rebounds for the
Trail Blazers, who have now won six straight over the Knicks at home. Ruben
Patterson added 17 points off the bench in the win.
Jamal Crawford netted 15 points and Eddy Curry added 14 points and nine
rebounds for the Knicks, who again failed to record their first win under new
head coach Larry Brown, despite having a 10-point lead after halftime.
Stephon Marbury scored 13 points in the loss as Portland outscored New York
56-34 in the second half. The Knicks are now winless in four games so far this
Down 49-39, the Trail Blazers opened up the third stanza on a 10-0 run, capped
by Sebastian Telfair’s layup, to tie the game at 49-49. The two teams stayed
close and New York held a 57-56 lead before Portland netted six straight for a
Miles’ jumper with 1:14 left in the third extended Portland to 64-61 and
Crawford capped the scoring in the frame with a free throw to make it a 64-62
game after three.
Patterson’s alley-oop from Telfair gave the Trail Blazers a 71-65 lead 2 1/2
minutes into the fourth and Patterson’s free throw kept Portland up six, 77-71
with 7:17 remaining in the fourth. The free throw also sparked an 11-1 Blazer
run that extended the home team’s lead to 87-72, as Portland pulled away
en route to the win.
The Trail Blazers outscored New York 48-32 in the paint while shooting 44.6
percent from the floor. The Knicks only shot 39.4 percent and committed 20
turnovers in the game.
The Knicks took control early in the first as New York never trailed in the
frame after Marbury’s three-pointer staked the Knicks to a 10-8 lead with 6:35
left in the opening quarter. Miles’ basket would then tie the contest at 10,
but New York would go on a 13-6 spurt to take a 23-16 lead with 1:27 left in
The Knicks would carry a 25-20 advantage into the second and New York later
used an 8-2 run to make it a 35-26 game with 7:11 left in the second.
Randolph’s free throw would pull Portland to within 41-35 with just under
three minutes left in the first half, but Malik Rose’s jumper with one second
left sent New York into the half with a 49-39 lead.
Portland has won six of their last eight games against New York. The Blazers
lead the all-timer series 47-70 and improved to 33-11 at home against the
Knicks…Nate Robinson scored 10 points off the bench for New York…Miles
shot only 6-of-12 from the free-throw line. He also pulled down eight
rebounds…Telfair finished with 10 points…The two teams combined to make
only three shots from beyond the arc on 19 attempts.