The Portland Trail Blazers have forced themselves into the conversation in the Western Conference, as the hosts made quick work of the New York Knicks 111-87 Tuesday evening at the Moda Center.
Leading the way for the Trail Blazers was Damian Lillard, as the 27-year-old point guard from Oakland, California had a game high 37 points, while pulling down two rebounds and passing out an assist.
The shot beyond the three-point line was key for the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, as Portland hit a season-high 20 three-pointers on only 33 attempts.
Portland has surged impressively up the Western Conference standings, as the Trail Blazers have won eight straight games and now sit in third place. They have won nine of their past ten games and have a record of 39-26 on the season.
New York continues to struggle, as the visitors have lost five straight games and have only won one out of their past ten contests.
Any hopes of a late run at the post-season have completely dissipated for the Knicks, who are in 11th in the Eastern Conference and fading fast.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way for the Knicks, as the 25-year-old small forward from Miami, Florida had a team high 19 points, while grabbing four rebounds for the game.
New York will now head to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks, as they play out the string in yet another poor campaign.
Meanwhile, Portland will want to keep up this hot pace, as the Trail Blazers are only four games in front of the ninth-placed Los Angeles Clippers in a wild and close overall battle for the play-off places.
Portland started their winning streak with a victory over Golden State and once again welcomes the Warriors in on Friday.
The Trail Blazers are 4999/1 to win the Western Conference, with the Warriors 10/19 and the Houston Rockets 29/20.
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