NEW YORK - The unbeaten Portland Trail Blazers spoiled the New York Knicks' home opener, erasing a nine-point deficit in the final 51/2 minutes for a 100-95 win Saturday.
“We felt the pressure was still on them – this is their home opener,” guard Brandon Roy said. “We just wanted to keep consistent with our pressure and with our effort, and down the stretch we felt we forced them into some tough shots, and we were able to get a win.”
Roy scored 29 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Miller had 19 points and 10 assists as the Trail Blazers improved to 3-0.
Aldridge hit the tiebreaking free throw with 25.5 seconds left, and Miller made two in the final seconds as the Blazers weren’t fazed by a close game after two double-digit victories to open the season.
“You don’t want to have to continue to do that, but these guys are not dropping their heads,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said. “They’re playing a 48-minute game.”
Wilson Chandler finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who made only one field goal after taking a 92-83 lead with 5:31 remaining. Amare Stoudemire scored 18 points but committed six turnovers in his home debut.
The Blazers won’t offer a contract extension to former No. 1 pick Greg Oden before the Monday deadline, a team spokesman said. Oden will be a restricted free agent next summer.
The Blazers did exercise their fourth-year options on the contracts of Nicolas Batum and Rudy Fernandez,