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Staff report: Anthony scores season-high 26 points, but Knicks demolish Portland in fourth quarter

New York outscored the Trail Blazers 34-16 in the fourth quarter en route to a 117-93 victory Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Julius Randle collected 22 points and 13 rebounds and Mitchell Robinson came off the bench to score 22 points in 27 minutes — making all 11 field-goal attempts — as the Knicks (10-24) earned their third straight win.

Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 26 points and Hassan Whiteside contributed 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots for Portland (14-21), which lost its fifth consecutive game.

Damian Lillard had 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, but he had one of his poorest shooting games of the season, making only 5 of 20 attempts from the field and 1 of 8 from 3-point range.

The Knicks used a 10-0 run to go ahead 23-19. Portland carried a 27-25 lead into the second quarter.

New York led 51-48 at the half. Lillard had two points on 1-for-10 shooting. Robinson hit all eight field goal attempts and scored 16 points for the Knicks.

New York jacked its advantage to 62-54 early in the third quarter, but Anthony fueled an 8-0 surge that got the Blazers even at 65-65. The Knicks jumped out ahead 83-74, but Lillard's 3 cut it to 83-77 heading into the fourth quarter.

New York opened the final period with an 18-4 spurt to go ahead 101-81 with 6:34 to go. The difference grew to as many as 29 points.

Portland remained ninth in the NBA Western Conference, percentage points ahead of Phoenix (13-20).

But only 1.5 games separate the Blazers, who continue their five-game road trip Friday at Washington, from 13th-place Sacramento (12-22).


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