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Blazers vs. Knicks Final Score: 101-79; Portland Pounds New York

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The Blazers did not need LaMarcus Aldridge to handle the New York Knicks at home.

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Without their leading scorer, the Portland Trail Blazers have used the three-point shot to win games.  That strategy paid off in spades against the visiting New York Knicks.

Wesley Matthews had 28 points, Nicolas Batum had 17 and the Blazers easily defeated the Knicks, 101-79, Sunday night at Moda Center.

The three point bombardment committee went to work in the first quarter.  One game after hoisting 43 threes versus Philadelphia, the Blazers shot nine of them in the first quarter, draining six of them.  Matthews led the barrage with three 3s and 13 points overall.  Behind their fierce attack, Portland took an early 11-2 lead and led 31-22 after one.

Portland cooled off somewhat in the second quarter, but they still hit five 3s.  Batum had two of them for 12 in the first half, while Matthews came into halftime with 19.  Chris Kaman, who missed Friday's game versus the 76ers with his newborn son, had seven in the half.  With their efforts, the Blazers extended their lead to 14 at the break.

The Blazers pushed their lead to as far as 26 in the third quarter with Batum, Kaman and Matthews each scoring five in the period.  Cole Aldrich did his best to keep the Knicks in the game, but Carmelo Anthony did not return from halftime with a knee injury.  Portland led by 18 at the end of three.

Portland played the final quarter in cruise control with some big moments from Joel Freeland giving the fans something to watch as the Blazers finished off the squad from New York.  Freeland finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds, his first career double-double.

Damian Lillard finished with 11 points and six assists.  Kaman had 13 points and 9 rebounds.

BOX SCORE

Gameday Thread Comments of the Night

This is why it's so awesome to match last year's record at this point. The league knows who the Blazers are this time around, there’s been no surprise factor like the one we had last year. AND we’ve done it again with injuries forcing us to start different lineups. It’s remarkable.
by Showtime14

LOL England is well represented tonight, as Freeland is colonizing New York
by sug

Will hits a pair!
by Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein

That's Batum's job.
by ParticleAccelerator

Post-Game Reaction

VIDEO: Wesley Matthews knocks down a three pointer from the wing early in the second quarter.

VIDEO: Nicolas Batum gets back on track with a three from the corner.

VIDEO: Joel Freeland swats away Tim Hardaway Jr.'s layup.

VIDEO: Wesley Matthew hits a wide open three pointer early in the fourth quarter.