Roy, Blazers top Knicks
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy scored 24 points, as the Portland
Trail Blazers came away with a 92-86 victory over the New York Knicks.
Jarrett Jack scored 15 points for Portland, which embarked on a four-game road
trip starting in the Big Apple and won for just the fourth time over their
last 12 games. Jamaal Magloire posted 14 points and a season-high tying 16
rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who are four games off the eighth and final
playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Blazers played without leading scorer and rebounder Zach Randolph, who was
granted bereavement leave by the team on Monday.
Nate Robinson scored a season-high 31 points, finishing 8-for-9 from beyond
the arc for New York, which went 1-3 on its homestand to lose for the fourth
time in five games overall. Stephon Marbury netted 17 points for the Knicks,
who dropped back a half-game behind Indiana and Orlando for the eighth and
final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Steve Francis grabbed 10 boards for the Knicks, who are 18-17 at Madison
Square Garden this season. Forward Channing Frye (eye) and Marbury (arm)
returned from injuries, while guard Quentin Richardson (back) remained
sidelined. David Lee, who missed 11 games because of a right leg injury,
returned to grab five rebounds.
Trailing by double digits, 84-74, just past the midway point of the final
stanza, New York went on a 10-2 spurt highlighted by eight points by Robinson,
to trim the deficit to just 86-84 heading down the stretch. Portland though
scored the next six points to put the Knicks away.
With the score deadlocked at 16, Portland went on a 10-0 run down the stretch,
snapped by Marbury’s layup in the final seconds for a 26-20 lead heading into
After trading three-pointers in the opening minute of the second quarter, New
York went on a 12-2 run, ended by a Marbury jumper midway through the stanza,
for a 35-31 lead. Portland regained control down the stretch and led 45-44 at
Eddy Curry scored on a hook shot and Frye on a jumper before Portland exploded
on an 18-3 burst, finished by a Magloire free throw with 5:03 remaining. The
Blazers led 69-62 heading into the fourth.
The Knicks had seven three-pointers in the first half…Thursday’s game
between Portland and New York was the second and final meeting of the regular
season. The Knicks won the first matchup, 99-81, on January 3 at the Rose
Garden…New York has won four of the last seven meetings…Portland snapped a
three-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.