NEW YORK -- When it came time to make a winning play in a back and forth game Tuesday, the Trail Blazers couldn't and the Knicks did.
Derrick Rose hit a short jumper with 6.8 seconds left, which came after a Carmelo Anthony offenisve rebound, putting the finishing touches on New York's 107-103 victory over the Blazers at Madison Square Garden.
Rose's game-clinching shot came after Damian Lillard and Evan Turner couldn't connect on a pass that went out of bounds with 53.1 seconds left with a chance to tie or take the lead.
Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis led all scorers with 31 points and nine rebounds and Rose finished with 18 points and five assists. Anthony finished with 17 points but struggled to 7-of-22 shooting.
The Blazers (8-8) looked like it was preparing to run away down the stretch after Maurice Harkless hit a mid-range jumper to give Portland a 101-98 lead with 3:59 left. But Portland would miss its final six shots and muster only two Lillard free throws the rest of the way, wasting two defensive stops that came off an Ed Davis block and a Harkless block of Anthony.
The game-changing play came when Rose scored on an acrobatic reverse layin with 3:16 left, which came after he beat Lillard on a drive, and when Harkless didn't help in time, Rose reached the rim and scored. New York improved to 7-7.
Lillard led the Blazers with 22 points and six assists and CJ McCollum added 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting. Davis had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Harkless had 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Blazers entered the fourth tied at 81 after New York's Mindaugas Kuzminskas hit a three-pointer with 4.6 seconds left. It was a back-and-forth quarter with neither team able to open more than a three point lead.
The same defensive problems surfaced for the Blazers in the first half, particularly in the second quarter, when the Knicks scored 32 points on 14-of-23 shooting to take a 60-58 halftime lead. Most of the damage was done off Blazers turnovers, which translated into fast-break opportunities. The Knicks converted all five of their fast break opportunities for 13 points in the first half.
Davis, who started his third consecutive game at power forward, was the Blazers' best offensive player in the first half, scoring 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Two of his baskets were on offensive rebound tip-ins, and the others on pick-and-roll finishes at the rim.
Next up: Blazers at Cleveland, 4 p.m. Wednesday (CSN)