NBA Game Summary - Portland at New York
(Saturday, March 8th)
Final Score: Portland 120, New York 114 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy scored 27 points as the Portland Trail Blazers overcame a career night from Nate Robinson to top the New York Knicks, 120-114, in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
Tied at 108 after regulation, Portland quickly opened up a gap in overtime, scoring six of the first seven points to take a 114-109 lead after LaMarcus Aldridge hit a hook shot with 1:48 gone.
An Aldridge dunk and a Roy layup sandwiched a jumper from Robinson, leaving the Blazers with a 118-111 lead with 2:04 left. Robinson misfired on a fadeaway inside of 45 seconds, and Roy responded with a short jumper to ice the game with 21.1 seconds to play.
Aldridge scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won on the first two stops of their five-game road trip. Steve Blake contributed 15 points and 10 assists, while Martell Webster notched 15 points and pulled down seven boards.
Robinson scored a career-high 45 points one 16-of-28 shooting for the Knicks, losers of six straight. Quentin Richardson poured in 20 points for New York, while David Lee recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards.
The Knicks were without their top four scorers in the game. Eddy Curry missed the game with a sore right knee, Jamal Crawford was out with a hand injury, Zach Randolph sat with a bruised right foot and Stephon Marbury has been out since undergoing left ankle surgery in late January.
The Blazers led by as many as a seven in the early portions of the fourth quarter, but the Knicks fought back to within 97-96 before Jarrett Jack's jumper from the top of the key gave Portland a three point lead with 5:40 to go.
Aldrige went 1-of-2 from the free throw line to extend the lead to four with five minutes to play, then both teams went ice-cold from the floor, as neither team scored until Fred Jones hit a runner with 2:55 to play to bring the Knicks within 100-98.
After trading turnovers, Roy drove into the lane and kicked the ball out to Blake, who buried a three for a five point margin with 1:59 to play. Chandler responded by driving the baseline for a layup, then Robinson nailed a floated to bring the Knicks within one, 103-102, with 1:16 left.
The teams traded turnovers, then Blake drilled a pull-up jumper just as the shot clock expired, putting Portland ahead by three with 22.3 ticks on the clock.
On New York's ensuing possession, Jones drove into the lane and threw up a floater that was blocked by Aldridge, but goaltending was called and the Blazers led 105-104 with 18.9 seconds left.
Jack drained a pair of free throws with 14.3 seconds to play, and Robinson drove the length of the quarter to again cut the lead to one with 9.3 seconds left. James Jones was fouled with 8.1 seconds left, but made only 1-of-2 from the charity stripe.
Robinson again drove the length of the court, and his layup attempt rolled around the rim twice before dropping to tie the game at 108-108 with 2.1 seconds left. Roy's half court heave fell short at the buzzer, and the game headed to overtime.
The tight game late was unexpected considering the way the Blazers exploded out of the gates in the first quarter.
The Blazers made 15-of-23 shots in the first quarter and led 36-24 after 12 minutes. New York rallied back in the second, but never led in the half and trailed 56-51 at the half.
New York continued to keep the game close in the third quarter, finally forcing the game's first tie since the opening tip on a pair of Robinson free throws with 7:12 left.
Just over a minute later, Robinson drained a three to give the Knicks their first lead of the game, 71-70. A dunk from Roy put the Blazers back on top, and the Blazers led 88-84 after three quarters despite 22 points from Robinson in the stanza.
Portland shot 46.3 percent from the field, while New York finished at 48.3 percent...The Blazers outrebounded the Knicks decisively, 52-41...Robinson's previous career-high was 34, but he had not topped the 25 point mark yet this season...Portland continues its road trip Monday in Cleveland...The Knicks begin a brief, two-game road trip Monday against the Dallas Mavericks.
03/08 22:49:33 ET