Damian Lillard continued his torrid post-All-Star break run with a 37-point effort as the Trail Blazers cruised past the Knicks, 111-87, on Tuesday night.
The Portland point guard needed just 18 shots to reach 37, making eight of 11 from three-point range in his torching of the New York backcourt. In that backcourt, Frank Ntilikina made his first career start but could only muster six points and two assists in 28 minutes.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 19 points while Enes Kanter dropped another double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Knicks played close at the Moda Center in the first half, trailing by just five at the half. However, the Blazers opened up their lead and won the third quarter, 30-19. From there on, New York couldn't put together a challenge to the Blazers' eighth straight win.
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I feel like I could copy and paste general reactions to games and it works for every game since the Kristaps Porzingis injury. It's become a rhythm for the Knicks...keep it close in the first half, get destroyed in the third quarter, and then be too far behind and too tired to win in the fourth. It was nice to see Jeff Hornacek finally give Frank Ntilikina a start...it only took until game 65 of the season for the Knicks to get their lottery pick into the starting lineup. It didn't make a difference though. Knicks guards could not have any worse of a night: six points for Ntilikina, three for Emmanuel Mudiay, and four for Trey Burke. They shot an embarrassing 5-for-28 from the field. Mudiay had six turnovers in just 25 minutes of play. It's almost hard to be that awful.
On top of the Knicks guards being atrocious, they couldn't stop their counterpart Damian Lillard, who dropped 37 points and made eight three-pointers. The Blazers looked like they were in another league, and every Knicks opponent right now looks like they are just way too good for this Knicks team. Mudiay continues to be an absolute disaster in every aspect of his game. His jumpshot is a nightmare, he turns it over like he's a rookie, and he's not doing much defensively. It would not shock me at all at this point if the Knicks lost every game the rest of the season. That would actually make Knicks fans very happy as they hope Mikal or Miles Bridges falls in their lap in the lottery.
The Knicks head east to finish their road trip with a matchup against the Bucks in Milwaukee on Friday night at 8:00 p.m.