NBA Game Summary - New York at Portland
(Wednesday, March 31st)
Final Score: Portland 118, New York 90
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and Nicolas Batum donated 20, as Portland routed New York, 118-90, to clinch a playoff berth.
Brandon Roy added 16 points, Martell Webster contributed 14 points and Juwan Howard added 12 off the bench for Portland, which has won nine of its last 10 games and 12 of 14 overall. The Trail Blazers sit in seventh place in the Western Conference, one-half game behind Oklahoma City.
"To finally hear that we clinched is great, but we want to do more," Roy said. "I felt we played great basketball down the stretch of last season and we're doing the same thing now. The important thing is just, when we get to that first game, we've got to do a good job of putting the season behind us and getting ready for the playoffs. Right now, we're just trying to get as hot as we can then see what happens."
Portland also received nine points and 10 rebounds from Marcus Camby in finishing off an 11-2 March, the second-best March record (by percentage) in team history.
David Lee led the Knicks with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while Bill Walker contributed 18 points and six rebounds. Toney Douglas chipped in 14 points and Al Harrington added 13 for the Knicks, who have lost three straight overall and nine of 10 at Portland.
"I just don't think we moved the ball at all to start the game and had no energy on both ends of the floor," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "When you do that against a really good team who is trying to solidify everything that they do for the playoffs, there are going to be nights like this."
The Knicks never led, falling behind 4-0 in a sign of things to come. The lead ballooned to 21-8 on Aldridge's turnaround jumper, and the margin stood at 31-20 after 12 minutes of game action.
Portland opened an 18-point edge at 44-26 and it grew to 24 points at 56-32 on a pair of Roy free throws with just over 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half. The scoreboard read 65-38 after 24 minutes of game action.
The margin grew to as many as 36 points in the third as Batum drained one of his three treys for an 80-44 score. The Knicks then scored seven successive points with Walker's three moving the deficit under 30 points.
The lead stood at 30 points, 95-65, after three and again moved up to 36 points at 107-71 on a 7-0 flurry capped by Webster's three with just under 6 1/2 minutes to go. The Trail Blazers rolled from there.
D'Antoni has a 19-8 career coaching record against Portland. D'Antoni sat on the Portland bench as an assistant coach during the 2000-01 season...The Trail Blazers hold a 25-13 mark at the Rose Garden, including six straight wins...Knicks guard Tracy McGrady scored just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in just under 21 minutes...Sergio Rodriguez added 12 points for the Knicks...Andre Miller scored six points with seven assists for the Trail Blazers...Harrington left the game with 8:35 left in the third quarter with an injured left ankle...Portland will compete in the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2002-03. Their 28 playoff berths are tied for third-most in the NBA since the Trail Blazers joined the league in 1970-71.
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