Anthony scores 37, Knicks beat Blazers to end skid at 4

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony tied a season high with 37 points and New York Knicks rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-110 on Saturday night.

Anthony, who scored 20 points in the first half, shot 13 of 21 from the field as New York ended a four-game losing streak. Anthony finished the game by hitting six free throws during the final 30 seconds.

Former Blazers Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo, returning to Portland for the first time since leaving the team in free agency last summer, were among six Knicks in double figures. Afflalo scored 15 points, while Lopez had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Damian Lillard led Portland with 29 points but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game after he chased down the rebound of his intentionally missed free throw.

New York started the fourth quarter on a 12-2 run to erase Portland’s lead. Then, trailing 92-91, the Knicks regained the lead on back-to-back baskets by Kyle O'Quinn.

New York built the lead to six points on several occasions, but needed Anthony’s free throws to hold on.

C.J. McCollum scored 22 points and Allen Crabbe 15 for the Blazers.

Portland never trailed in the first half and led 56-55 at halftime.

The Blazers took a 20-9 lead midway through the first quarter when a layup by Mason Plumlee capped a string of eight consecutive points. Crabbe had a pair of baskets during a 7-0 run early in the second quarter that gave the Blazers a 40-30 lead.

The Knicks drew even at 47 on two free throws by Lopez, but Gerald Henderson‘s 3-pointer immediately returned the lead to Portland, which it kept for the remainder of the half.

The Blazers briefly gave up the lead early in the third quarter when New York ran off nine consecutive points, including five by Anthony, to take a 64-59 lead. But the Blazers put together a pair of 8-0 runs later in the quarter to grab an 86-76 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

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Knicks: New York ended a six-game losing streak to Portland. The Knicks’ last win over the Blazers came on March 12, 2012. … Rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis missed six shots and went scoreless in 19 minutes for New York. Porzingis was averaging 14.1 points. … Afflalo has scored in double figures in 11 of his past 14 games. … Lopez scored in double figures for the first time in 10 games.

Blazers: Lillard became the first Blazer since Clyde Drexler in 1991-92 to score 600 points and hand out 150 assists during the team’s first 25 games. … Portland still has yet to win back-to-back home games this season. … McCollum has scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games, a career first.