But like so many moments during this Knicks season, things didn’t go as planned.
Aldridge knocked down a tough turnaround jumper with Chandler in his face with 35 seconds to play. Carmelo Anthony missed on the other end, and New York walked off the floor with another home loss.
The Knicks have lost three in a row. At 19-30, they are 2½ games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
New York is 11-17 at home.
Poor finish for Melo: Carmelo Anthony missed all five of his field-goal attempts and went scoreless in the fourth quarter. He finished with 26 points on 11-for-28 shooting, missing 5 of 6 3-point attempts. But Anthony didn’t have much help from the rest of the Knicks’ starting five.
But the Knicks would get no closer thanks to Aldridge’s big shot. The Knicks finished just 4-for-21 from beyond the arc and shot 40 percent from the floor. The benching of Felton in the fourth quarter didn’t produce the desired result. New York shot 7-for-25 in the fourth. Woodson appeared to lose his cool late in the fourth, going after referee Danny Crawford.
Amar’e delivers: Amar'e Stoudemire seemed to complain about his playing time -- or lack thereof -- at practice on Tuesday. With Kenyon Martin out, Stoudemire got more minutes against Portland -- and he delivered. Amar’e scored 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Stoudemire, though, went scoreless in the fourth. He added seven rebounds.
Third quarter struggles: The Knicks allowed Portland to go on a 16-6 run midway through the third to take a commanding nine-point lead into the fourth. The Knicks missed all five of their 3-point attempts and were 1-for-12 from beyond the arc through three quarters.
Portland hit 7 of 17 attempts through three quarters. The quarter also included an Anthony dunk attempt that was turned away at the rim by Robin Lopez.
What’s next: The Knicks will take Thursday to prepare for Friday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
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