PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the Portland Trail Blazers never trailed Thursday in a 110-95 victory over the Knicks, who played without Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose.
Rose and Lance Thomas were injured in a loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, and Coach Jeff Hornacek said Anthony was held out with knee soreness after playing the previous night.
In their place, the Knicks started the rookies Ron Baker, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez. They scored 17 of the Knicks’ 23 first-quarter points. Kristaps Porzingis finished with a team-high 18 points.
Lillard had 15 points in the first quarter as Portland opened a 14-point lead. The Blazers went 11 for 21 (52 percent) on 3-pointers and moved within a game of the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Lillard entered Thursday’s game averaging 31.2 points since the All-Star break and did not cool off. He has scored 25 or more…