Trail Blazers 110, Knicks 96
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Kiki Vandeweghe scored 21 points and Mychal Thompson added 18 Sunday night as the Portland Trail Blazers used a balanced attack to roll to a 110-96 National Basketball Association victory over the winless New York Knicks.
The Knicks, 0-5, started the game with only 10 players due to injuries to Pat Cummings and James Bailey, and were down to seven after two fouled out and starting guard Darrell Walker was ejected.
Portland, 4-1, took control by scoring 10 straight points to take a 32-23 lead with 26 seconds left in the first quarter.
The depleted Knicks still were within 12 at 77-65 with 3:12 left in the third quarter. But Clyde Drexler and Jim Paxson led a 12-3 spurt that put the Blazers on top 89-68 after three periods.
Portland eventually built a 23-point lead in the final period.
Thompson didn’t play in the final quarter as the Blazers used their reserves liberally.
Drexler added 17 for Portland, all in the second half. Roy Sparrow paced the Knicks with 22 points.
Patrick Ewing and Sam Bowie squared off for the first time since the 1984 NCAA Final Four, and Ewing had a slight statistical advantage. The Knicks rookie finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Bowie had 12 points and six rebounds.
Walker was ejected with 8:46 left in the second quarter when he bumped an official, Bennet Salvatore, while complaining about a call.