Damian Liliard took charge early to lead Portland Trailblazers’ demolition on the skidding New York Knicks, 115-87, to cap off their four straight home games.
Liliard dropped 31 points including eight treys and with six assists to make it 2-2 inside the Moda Center.
Hassan Whiteside backed Liliard with his double-double performance of 17 points and 15 rebounds but nothing bigger than his inside presence blocking five shots in total.
Recent addition Carmelo Anthony finished with 16 markers as CJ McCollum was limited to only 13.
Portland were blazing from the outside knocking down 17 triples contrary to New York’s 7-38 shooting from the clip or just 18.4 %.
The home squad was too hot to handle by the visiting squad as they ended up the first half, 60-41. Things only went worse for the Knicks as the Blazers barrage continued creating their largest lead at 32 points.
Julius Randle led the dispirited squad with 15 points as Mitchell Robinson added 14 markers.
Portland will play the next two on the road against the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns respectively.