The Knicks secured their first three-game winning streak of the season, defeating the Trail Blazers 117-93 on Wednesday night. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Wednesday's game
1) The Knicks and Blazers played fairly evenly through the game's first three quarters. At the half, the Knicks led by just three, but then pushed that lead to six points after the third. But the fourth quarter belonged to the home team, as the Knicks outscored the Blazers 34-16 in the final 15 minutes. On the defensive end, the Knicks shut down Damian Lillard, who shot just 5-of-20 from the floor. His backcourt mate, CJ McCollum, was just 6-of-16.
2) Carmelo Anthony returned to a warm ovation from the MSG crowd on Wednesday, and he had a vintage performance in his second return to the Garden since leaving the Knicks. Anthony had the crowd buzzing as he knocked down shot after shot. Anthony's previous season high was 25 points, but on Wednesday he had 26 points by the end of the third quarter. Anthony finished the game with 26, as he didn't play much in what turned out to be a lopsided fourth quarter.
3) Mitchell Robinson made a huge impact for the Knicks off the bench. In the first half, Robinson scored 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting. He also threw down a massive alley-oop slam from Julius Randle, bringing the Garden crowd to their feet. His big night continued in the second half, as he hit his first 11 shots overall from the floor. Robinson finished with 22 points and eight rebounds.
4) Reggie Bullock missed the Knicks' first 33 games of the season as he recovered form offseason neck surgery, but he made his debut with the team on Wednesday, coming off the bench for the first time with 3:52 left in the first quarter. The veteran knocked down his first shot attempt, and showed off his three-point range as well, finishing with 11 points while knocking down three three-pointers.
5) Julius Randle entered Wednesday night with three straight 30-point games. The lefty had a strong first half against the Blazers, scoring 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while pulling in seven rebounds. He finished the game with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists.
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The Knicks head out west with their three-game winning streak on the line, as they'll take on the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, with tipoff set for 9:00pm.