by Jonah Ballow

How It Happened:
The shorthanded Knicks faced a Blazers squad that caught fire early and stifled the home team throughout a 103-91victory.  After building a seven-point advantage in the first frame, Portland held New York to just 14 points in the second quarter.  Eventually, the Blazers lead swelled to 26 points but the Knicks made a valiant effort in the fourth quarter.  New York put together a 12-0 run and outscored Portland 27-13 in the period.  However, the Blazers survived the late attack from the home team and they secured a win in their lone trip to Madison Square Garden this year.  Damian Lillard paced Portland with a game-high 32 points and Pat Connaughton added 17.

Knick of the Night:
Kristaps Porzingis posted 22 points and grabbed seven boards in 33 minutes of action.

Kyle O’Quinn hauled down a team-high 11 rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points, and Courtney Lee finished with 14 points.

Statistically Speaking:
Despite the defeat, New York outrebounded Portland 51-45 and in second chance points, 15-9.

News and Notes:
Joakim Noah was active for the first time this season.  The center played three minutes in the second quarter.

Next Up:
The Knicks are back at the Garden on Wednesday night for a matchup against the Miami Heat.  Tipoff set for 7:30 PM on MSG Network.