NBA Game Summary - Portland at New York
(Saturday, October 30th)
Final Score: Portland 100, New York 95
New York, NY (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge made two free throws over the final 25.5 seconds, and Andre Miller sealed it with two more at the foul line with 5.9 ticks remaining, as Portland spoiled the Knicks' opener at Madison Square Garden with a 100-95 decision.
Brandon Roy ended with 29 points, Aldridge added 20 points and 10 rebounds and Miller contributed 19 points and 10 assists for the Trail Blazers, who were coming off wins over the Suns and Clippers to start the season.
Wilson Chandler led the Knicks with 22 points and 16 boards, while Amare Stoudemire scored 18 for New York, which has dropped two straight since a season-opening win in Toronto.
With the scored tied, 95-95, Roy was off the mark on step-back jumper from the right elbow, but Aldridge muscled his way inside for an offensive rebound and made 1-of-2 free throws with 25.5 ticks remaining.
Raymond Felton penetrated the line at the other end, but Nicolas Batum got just enough of his scoop shot for the block. Aldridge again made just one at the line with 14.8 left, then Marcus Camby stripped a driving Stoudemire.
The ball went out of bounds and the call on the court was originally ruled in favor of the Knicks, but replay overturned the ruling after it revealed the ball went off Stoudemire's knee with 6.5 to go.
"They played good defense, went to a zone and threw us off a little bit," Felton said.
Miller drained two freebies to finish off the win.
The Knicks trailed 26-19 after 12 minutes, but Chandler's personal 8-0 run in the second and a Felton three-pointer a little later had them winning, 42-39, with less than two minutes to go in the half.
It was knotted at the break, 44-44, and Chandler capped a closely played third with a late three, sending it into the final stanza tied at 74.
The Knicks held the biggest lead of the fourth, 92-83, following a Bill Walker three-pointer with 5 1/2 minutes left, but Miller capped a 12-2 flurry with a three to give Portland a 95-94 lead with two minutes left. Felton's free throw a little later tied it.
"We stayed calm, got stops and rebounded the ball. That's how we were able to overcome in the fourth," Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said.
Portland has won seven of eight overall versus the Knicks...Batum scored 10 points, while Wesley Matthews chipped in 13 for Portland, which lost the rebounding battle, 51-41...Felton netted 16 points, while Landry Fields and Toney Douglas each scored 11 for New York, which shot just 14-of-25 from the foul line.
10/31 00:37:30 ET