Saturday, Feb. 6: Knicks 110, Blazers 99
The skinny: After a gutsy performance and win at Philadelphia, the Trail Blazers had their star back in the lineup for the final game of a six-game road trip at the New York Knicks on Saturday.
Damian Lillard, who sat out the game against the Sixers with an abdominal strain, had a good game with 29 points and nine assists, but as things go in the NBA sometimes, it didn't go the Blazers' way. The Knicks beat Portland 110-99 at Madison Square Garden.
The Blazers (12-10) trailed only 90-85 in the fourth quarter after Anfernee Simons' 3-pointer and three-point play. But, Immanuel Quickley hit a 3-pointer to start an 11-2 Knick run.
The Blazers trailed 106-99 with 2:14 left, but whether tired or outplayed, they couldn't get it done down the stretch. They missed open shots, and went 0-for-8 on their final six possessions.
Lillard hit six 3-pointers and went 10 of 20 from the field. Gary Trent Jr. had 19 points and Robert Covington and Enes Kanters had double doubles.
Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle each had 22 points for the Knicks (11-13). Six players scored in double figures.
New York shot .500 from the field while holding the Blazers to .412 (17 of 47 3-pointers, .362). The Knicks outscored Portland 50-28 in the paint.
Road trip: It was quite a trip. The Blazers went 3-3, but they dealt with injuries and had good performances from young players, including Nassir Little and CJ Elleby.
After scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the win at Philly, rookie CJ Elleby didn't play against the Knicks.
Injuries: Derrick Jones Jr. also returned to the lineup, but Little missed another game. And, the Blazers obviously miss CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic.
Bad game: Former Knick Carmelo Anthony went 1 of 8 from the field and scored two points.
Next up: The Blazers return to Moda Center for three games, starting 7 p.m. Tuesday versus Orlando.
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