The Blazers trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter before storming back to lead by double-digits in the fourth. However, the Knicks wouldn't go away easily and this game ended up coming down to the wire. In the end, the Blazers did what they needed to do to pick up the victory.
Here are some quick thoughts from our reporters on the scene...
Dwight Jaynes, Trail Blazers' Insider: Blazers stole one. Knicks shot 51 percent and lost, in part because of Noah Vonleh's run of four straight missed fouls shots. Blazers had a big talent edge in this one and in the end, it doesn't matter how much you win by.
Jamie Hudson, Trail Blazers' Reporter: This young Knicks squad competes hard. It's difficult to believe they lost five straight before this game because they have wings who can knock down shots (although they haven't been able to do so consistently this season) and they don't back down. I'd say, with time this Knicks squad will grow and learn and then once Kristaps Porzingis is back from his ACL injury they will be fun to watch... But right now, the Blazers are the team that is fun to watch. This team continues to find its teammates. Portland finished with 24 team assists in the win.
Peter Socotch, Producer on the road: It wasn’t pretty, but the Blazers picked up the W behind clutch shots from their stars. I really liked the Leonard-Stauskas connection in the first half. All of Leonard’s points came from assists from Stauskas and all of Nik’s assists went to Meyers. It was nice to see Vonleh boom on his former team, too. Side note: MSG continues to have a top-3 worst media seats in the NBA
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NEXT UP: The Blazers take on the Bucks in the second of a back-to-back on Wednesday, November 21. Tip-off is set for 5:00pm with coverage beginning at 4:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest.