Damian Lillard put on a show for three quarters, and his teammates did the rest down the stretch as the Blazers easily beat the Knicks 111-87.
The Blazers were led by Damian Lillard with 37 points, CJ McCollum added 19 points and Ed Davis snared 14 rebounds. The Knicks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr. with 19 points while Enes Kanter scored 18 and grabbed 11 boards. Here are some initial thoughts.
The Dame Show
What else is there to say about this man? He’s worth the price of admission all by himself. Lillard continued his torrid shooting that began last night in Los Angeles, carrying the Blazers on his shoulders past a struggling Knicks team. Lillard hit 8 of 11 threes on his way to 37 points. He Carried the Blazers for three quarters in an efficient manner as the Blazers were finally able to pull away without him in the fourth, giving their All-Star some much needed rest.
But, it would be nice if...
Lillard wouldn’t have to go into Superman mode to beat the Knicks. Lillard’s co-workers seemed like the rest of the Moda Center crowd in that they were just waiting for Dame do his thing. Before CJ McCollum got going in the fourth, only Jusuf Nurkic had broken double digits in scoring for the Blazers. Granted, the Blazers ran away with the game in the final 12 minutes with Lillard resting, but it took Dame’s heroics to set it up. With the Golden State Warriors on deck, the Blazers will need more of a team effort moving forward.
Davis is one of only a handful of players I can think of who can contribute and make a noticeable difference on the court without scoring a single point. Davis ended the game with 14 rebounds, his hands on a number of tips and loose balls, one block and only 2 points. But, you noticed he was on the court every minute of the game. Ed Davis just needs to keep doing Ed Davis things.
Here are a few highlights...
ET opts for the pass rather than the mid-range for an easy Nurk dunk pic.twitter.com/XVoRKXKpsi— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 7, 2018
Pat Connaughton beats the buzzer to end the first period.
Three highlights in one clip. @CJMcCollum with the slick pass to @ShabazzNapier, Shabazz with a nice pass of his own to @zcollins_33 and then the rook finishes it off with the three. pic.twitter.com/nGifI4Cq4L— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 7, 2018
It’s just another ho-hum game coming up next. The Golden State Warriors visit the Moda Center on Friday night. Tip off is at 7PM. Stay tuned to Blazer’s Edge for further analysis of this game and more.