PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard knows what can happen in games like Thursday.
So with the New York Knicks sitting Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, Lillard made sure the Portland Trail Blazers didn’t go easy on the guys who did play.
Lillard scored 30 points and the Trail Blazers never trailed in a 110-95 victory.
“I know how these games can go,” Lillard said. “You can come out and take for granted that guys like D. Rose and Carmelo are not playing and say, ‘All right this is going to be an easy win.’ I think it was my third year, towards the end of the year, we played Utah and everybody sat out. They came in here and beat us.”
With that memory in mind, the Blazers rolled.
Lillard had 15 in the first quarter as Portland opened a 14-point lead. The Blazers led by as much as 23 and moved within a game of the Denver Nuggets for…