The Blazers entered Madison Square Garden 15-14 heading into 2013, and came out with a positive sign for the year to come. The Blazers improved to 6-2 in games decided by 5 points or less, and although it can’t continue for long, it is fun to watch, no doubt.
Carmelo Anthony netted 45 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, but that effort was in a waste, as Steve Novak (0-4 from deep) went cold and the Knicks went 10-37 from beyond the arc.
For the good guys, LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds, 7 of them on the offensive end in 38 minutes. Damian Lillard went clutch with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists in 39 minutes. Nicolas Batum continued his outstanding play as of late, and although it wasn’t a triple-double, it definitely lived up to his contract. He recorded 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists in 40 minutes. In his game back from a strained hip flexor and hip contusion, Wesley Matthews recorded 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 29 minutes.
The downside for the Blazers tonight in terms of stats came from JJ Hickson. Although he produced as normal, he was unable to record his 10th straight double-double, ending the game with 18 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes.
The Blazers walked on to the big stage and stole the show tonight. The final: Portland Trail Blazers 105, New York Knicks 100.
Until next time,