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                 === Batum leads Trail Blazers past Knicks ===
 Portland,  OR  ( - Talk  about two teams heading in opposite
 Nicolas  Batum  had 23 points, seven  rebounds and six assists as the Portland
 Trail Blazers won their 11th straight game following a 102-91 triumph over the
 New York Knicks.
 LaMarcus  Aldridge posted  18 points and 14 boards, while Damian Lillard added
 23  points  and six assists for  Portland, which outscored the Knicks 34-18 in
 the opening frame in its wire-to-wire triumph.
 "We're winning ugly and pretty games, like tonight," Aldridge said.
 Carmelo  Anthony had 34  points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their
 sixth in a row.
 "We  came  out not ready  to play," Knicks head  coach Mike Woodson said. "The
 game was won in the first quarter."
 The game was tied 12-12 before Portland netted the next 12 points to double-up
 the Knicks. Batum and Lillard knocked down triples during the burst, which was
 capped on a pair of Batum free throws with 3:52 left in the first.
 Portland  saw its 16-point cushion after the first swell to 22 near the midway
 point of the second before the Blazers took a 56-39 spread into the break.
 A  12-4 Knicks run got them within 71-61 late in the third and Anthony's pull-
 up  3-pointer with  0.9 seconds left in  the stanza cut the gap to 81-69 going
 into the final frame.
 An  Andrea Bargnani trey whittled the deficit to 81-74, but Portland countered
 with  a 9-0 flurry to put the game away. Wesley Matthews hit a triple, Lillard
 knocked  down a  step-back jumper and Batum  split a pair from the line to cap
 the surge and give the hosts a comfortable 90-74 cushion with 7:52 left.
                                   Game Notes
 Aldridge's double-double was his seventh this season ... Portland held a 40-28
 points  in  the paint advantage  and a 16-4 edge  in fastbreak points ... Both
 teams turned the ball over nine times.
 11/26 02:13:50 ET