Blazers overcome Anthony's 45, spoil Amare's debut

Blazers overcome Anthony's 45, spoil Amare's debut
January 1, 2013, 10:17 pm
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots over Steve Novak #16 and J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks on January 1, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers overcame Carmelo Anthony's season high-tying 45 points and spoiled Amare Stoudemire's season debut, beating the New York Knicks 105-100 on Tuesday night.

Nicolas Batum scored 26 points, Damian Lillard had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Portland.

Stoudemire finished with six points on 3-of-8 shooting and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. Anthony shot 14 of 24 and nearly led the Knicks back from 19 points down after missing two games with a knee injury, but the Trail Blazers had too many options.

J.J. Hickson scored all of his 18 points in the first half as Portland won for the third time in four games.