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Knicks fall again without Kanter, 103-91, to Trail Blazers (Highlights)

New York Knicks allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to walk into Madison Square Garden and make it their home court without Enes Kanter.

  • New York Knicks 91 (10-10)
  • Portland Trail Blazers 103 (13-8)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

For the first three quarters of the game, the Portland Trail Blazers went for a pleasant stroll in MSG as if they were in Central Park. Calm, relaxed and without any stress, the Blazers enjoyed the peace and quiet inside Madison Square Garden from start to finish as Damian Lillard and company sucked the life out of the New York Knicks crowd.

Then suddenly, there was life.

Despite some of the worst defense of their season, as Willy Hernangomez and others appeared to be in need of some sort of map to direct them on where to go, the Knicks overcome all of that and put together a solid fourth quarter outscoring Portland 27-13, which unfortunately was not enough.

The defense tightened up, and suddenly the shots started to fall, but it was all too late as the Knicks would lose 103-91.

Enes Kanter missed his third straight game, and no coincidence, the Knicks suffered their third straight loss. His presence on the boards and in the paint was missed dearly, and the Knicks need him back sooner than later.

Key Stat

The Knicks averaged 23.8 assists per game entering tonight, ranking fifth in the NBA. New York only managed to scrape together 13 assists signaling how they shot and took care of the basketball.

Key Player

Damian Lillard annihilated the Knicks in the first three quarter amassing 32 points despite a weak fourth quarter. The Knicks point guards couldn’t handle Lillard’s crafty nature.

Porzingis led the way for the Knicks with 22 points on just 6-of-16 from the floor.

Next up for the 10-10 .500 Knickerbockers will be the Miami Heat at the Garden on Wednesday night.