The New York Knicks brought in Michael Buffer to announce the team. Madison Square Garden had the atmosphere of a big heavyweight title fight, and like a big fight, this one was close down the stretch. Unfortunately for most in attendance, the crowd favorite lost a close one after relinquishing a 92-83 lead with under six minutes left in the fourth quarter, 100-95.
It also felt like a big heavyweight fight in the sense of a call, or decision, by one of the referees influencing a big moment in the final seconds. The ball was knocked out of bounds and awarded to the Knicks with 6 seconds left, but a new instant replay rule allowed the referees to reverse the call, although Amar’e Stoudemire may have been fouled on the play by former Knick Marcus Camby and could have went to the free-throw line with a chance to tie the game. Instead, Portland got the ball and Andre Miller hit two free throws.
Brandon Roy scored 29 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for Portland, who raised their record to 3-0. LaMarcus Aldridge and Miller both had double-doubles’ with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Aldriidge while Miller scored 19 points with 10 assists. Nicolas Batum scored 10 points for the Trailblazers, while Wesley Matthews came off the bench to score 13 points and pull down 6 rebounds.
The Knicks were led once again by Wilson Chandler, who scored 22 points, grabbed 16 boards, blocked 3 shots, and had 2 steals. Raymond Felton had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while rookie Landry Fields had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Stoudemire added 18 points, while Toney Douglas came off the bench to score 11 points. Danilo Gallinari continued to struggle, going 2-9 from the field, including 0-3 from three point range, to finish with 4 points in 15 minutes of action.
The Knicks next face the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.