=== Batum leads Trail Blazers past Knicks ===
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - 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.
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