LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: Opening tip off between New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers during the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League on July 11, 2022 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Trail Blazers To Face Knicks Sunday At Noon For Summer League Championship

It's better to be lucky than good, though the Las Vegas Summer League Trail Blazers have been both.

After losing their first game in Las Vegas, the Trail Blazers won their remaining three contests, despite trailing by double figures in all three, to finish second in the preliminary round and move on to the Las Vegas Summer League Championship game versus the New York Knicks on Sunday.

The Trail Blazers finished up their preliminary round on Thursday with an 85-77 victory versus the Rockets, which pushed their record to 3-1 and their point differential -- the first tiebreaker in the event of a multi-team tie -- to +8.3, good for second among the 30 teams.

But with seven teams entering Friday, the final day of preliminary round play, with a 2-1 record, the Trail Blazers would have to wait to see not only the results, but the respective margins of victory in those results before knowing if they would move on to play for the 2022 Championship.

But with five of the remaining 2-1 teams -- New Orleans, Phoenix, Indiana, Denver and Utah -- losing their games on Friday and neither of the other two teams -- Toronto and Oklahoma City -- winning their games by large enough margins, Portland’s point differential held up by an average of 1.8 points per game to qualify for the championship.

The Trail Blazers will now face the top-seeded Knicks in a rematch of Portland’s third game in Las Vegas, which they won 88-77 on Monday, July 11 behind 18 points and six rebounds from Trendon Watford and 16 points and 13 rebounds from Jabari Walker.

Sunday’s game will be the second time the Trail Blazers have played for the Las Vegas Summer League championship after they brought home the title in 2018.

Sunday’s game can be seen both locally and nationally on ESPN. Tipoff is scheduled for noon.