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Portland at New York

Unbeaten Blazers clamp down late, rally past Knicks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- The elaborate pregame festivities were designed to emphasize that these are the "new" New York Knicks.

Crunch time was the same ol' story.

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The unbeaten Portland Trail Blazers spoiled the Knicks' home opener, erasing a nine-point deficit in the final 5½ minutes for a 100-95 victory Saturday night.

"We felt the pressure was still on them, this is their home opener," guard Brandon Roy said. "We just wanted to keep consistent with our pressure and with our effort, and down the stretch we felt we forced them into some tough shots and we were able to get a win."

Roy scored 29 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Miller had 19 points and 10 assists as the Trail Blazers improved to 3-0.

Aldridge hit the tiebreaking free throw with 25.5 seconds left, and both he and Miller made two apiece in the final half-minute as the Blazers weren't fazed by a close game after two double-digit victories to open the season.

"You don't want to have to continue to do that, but these guys are not dropping their heads," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "They're playing a 48-minute game."

Wilson Chandler finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who made only one field goal after taking a 92-83 lead with 5:31 remaining. Amare Stoudemire scored 18 points but turned it over six times in his home debut.

Raymond Felton, also making his Madison Square Garden debut with the Knicks, scored 16 points.

It was encouraging home start for the Knicks -- until crunch time, when none of their new additions could find the basket.

"We just didn't score. We were up nine. They made some nice shots. Things didn't go well for us," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said.

New York's lead was gone after Portland rallied to grab a 95-94 advantage on Miller's 3-pointer with 2:08 to play. Felton's foul shot tied it with 1:23 remaining, and it stayed that way until Aldridge was fouled on an offensive rebound and made one free throw for a 96-95 lead with 25.5 seconds left.

Marcus Camby blocked Felton's drive, Aldridge made another free throw, and the Knicks lost a chance to tie when a ball that was originally called out of bounds on Portland with 6.5 seconds left was overturned when instant replay showed it was off Stoudemire. Miller then made two free throws to put it away.

"We're still getting used to each other, still trying to get that chemistry, but things didn't go our way," Felton said. "I think we made some good plays, some good calls. It's a tough loss, especially when you get a six-, seven-point lead going with 2½ minutes left in the game. It's tough to lose a game like that."

It was an all-too familiar finish for a team trying to move away from its awful recent past.

The Knicks have 10 new players on the roster as they try to return to the postseason for the first time since 2004. New York shares the league's longest current playoff drought with Minnesota and is mired in a franchise-worst stretch of nine straight losing seasons.

Boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer introduced the Knicks before the game, saying it was time to "turn the page to a new chapter of the New York Knicks."

The first quarter was nothing new at all.

The Knicks surrendered 58 percent shooting, hit only 36 percent themselves, and trailed by as many as 10 points. The lead was still 10 midway though the second before reserve Chandler led a 16-3 run that gave New York a 42-39 lead on Felton's 3-pointer with 1:54 remaining.

Chandler had 15 points and 12 rebounds in 17 minutes in the first half, which ended in a 44-44 tie.

Notes

  • The Knicks fell to 33-32 in home openers.
  • Portland is 2-0 on a four-game trip that concludes with games Monday at Chicago and Tuesday at Milwaukee.
  • A Blazers spokesman confirmed the team won't offer former No. 1 pick Greg Oden an extension on his rookie contract. The oft-injured center is still recovering from a fractured left patella last December that ended his season early.
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Brandon Roy (7), shown working on Raymond Felton in the first half, helps Portland earn its first 3-0 start in 11 years.  (AP)
Brandon Roy (7), shown working on Raymond Felton in the first half, helps Portland earn its first 3-0 start in 11 years. (AP)

Scoreboard
Portland 3-0 «26183026100
New York 1-21925302195
POR:B. Roy 29 Pts
POR:L. Aldridge 10 Reb
POR:A. Miller 10 Ast
NY:W. Chandler 22 Pts
NY:W. Chandler 16 Reb
NY:R. Felton 5 Ast
Players of the Game
New YorkPortland

W. Chandler

B. Roy
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
221602963
Portland
L. Aldridge, PF418-204-10103520
B. Roy, SG4010-237-863229
A. Miller, PG326-86-8410519
N. Batum, SF284-61-242010
M. Camby, C251-40-05352
W. Matthews, SG255-72-260213
F. Oberto, C172-30-01024
R. Fernandez, SG161-40-01113
D. Cunningham, SF110-10-04000
A. Johnson, PG50-00-00000
J. Przybilla, CDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
P. Mills, PGDid Not Play
L. Babbitt, SFDid Not Play
E. Williams, SGDid Not Play
Totals 37-7620-30412222100
 48.7%66.7% 
New York
R. Felton, PG377-141-255116
A. Stoudemire, PF358-172-453518
L. Fields, SG253-65-681211
T. Mozgov, C161-30-04142
D. Gallinari, SF152-90-00004
W. Chandler, SF388-223-4160222
T. Douglas, PG275-111-342511
R. Turiaf, C250-12-66432
B. Walker, SG183-50-03019
R. Mason Jr., SG50-00-00010
E. Curry, CDid Not Play
K. Azubuike, SFDid Not Play
S. Williams, SFDid Not Play
A. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
A. Rautins, SGDid Not Play
Totals 37-8814-2551162495
 42.0%56.0% 
Other Games
Wash 95 Final
Atl 99
Sac 107 Final
Cle 104
Det 91 Final
Chi 101
Phi 86 Final
Ind 99
Min 89 Final
Mem 109
Den 107 Final
Hou 94
Char 88 Final
Mil 98
NO 99 Final
SA 90