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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blazers' Clyde Shows Knicks He Can Still Glide

PORTLAND, Oregon -- Clyde Drexler put on a vintage show against the stumbling New York Knicks, scoring 33 points, 31 in the first three quarters, as the Portland Trail Blazers rolled to a 111-87 victory.


At age 32, nothing irritates Drexler more than the suggestion that his skills are eroding.


"What do you mean?," he said when someone said his breakaway slam dunk during Sunday night's rout may have surprised people who felt he no longer was capable of such moves. "I don't know what you're talking about. I mean, I'm only 21."


He started to explain his philosophy on aging athletes, then stopped himself. "I don't even want to get into it," he said. "I mean, I don't think your skills start eroding until you're about 45."


In other games, Utah beat Milwaukee 101-98 and New Jersey beat Miami 103-102.


Drexler made 14 of 19 field goal attempts and didn't have a turnover. Blazers' coach P.J. Carlesimo said Drexler's performance was not that far out of the ordinary this year.


"He defended. He moved the ball well. He helped out. He had an excellent game," Carlesimo said. "But, you know, Clyde Drexler's been playing well all year. Clyde Drexler's played pretty well from day one in training camp."


Clifford Robinson added 24 points in what was probably Portland's best overall effort of the season. Rod Strickland added 17 points and 11 assists as Portland's starting guards outscored their New York counterparts 50-15. John Starks and Derek Harper were a combined 4-for-19 shooting.


"Our perimeter game is non-existent," Knicks coach Pat Riley said. "I am not accusing a team like ours that has a collective heart of not trying. But I see a real trend developing where we're getting beat in a lot of phases.


"We may have to make a major change in what we're doing."


The Blazers' Chris Dudley matched Patrick Ewing's rebound total with 14. Dudley, who faces Orlando's Shaquille O'Neal on Tuesday, had to leave the game briefly late in the third quarter to get eight stitches above his left eye after catching an elbow from the Knick center.


Just three weeks ago, he had eight stitches on his forehead after an elbow from Indiana's Rik Smits.


Charles Smith scored 18 for the Knicks, who finished their Pacific Division road trip at 1-2 with a victory over Sacramento and losses to Phoenix and Portland. New York's Charles Oakley missed all three games with a sore right toe. Robinson scored 12 in the third quarter, including two 3-pointers during the Blazers' 15-6 run to start the second half. The outburst put Portland ahead 70-52 on Strickland's 16-footer with 7:16 left in the third period. New York also was playing without Anthony Bonner, who left for home earlier in the day after his father suffered a stroke.


Portland had lost three in a row to the Knicks. The Blazers' last win over New York was on Nov. 16, 1992. The defending Eastern Conference champions have lost four of their last six.


Jazz 101, Bucks 98. At Milwaukee, Karl Malone scored 27 points and Jeff Hornacek 20, including nine late in the fourth quarter, leading Utah to its team-record eighth consecutive road win.


The Jazz, playing their fourth game in five nights, won their fifth straight game overall and sixth in a row against the Bucks. Todd Day led Milwaukee with 23 points, Eric Murdock had 19 and Glenn Robinson 18.


Nets 103, Heat 102. At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Benoit Benjamin scored 12 of his season-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining.


The Nets trailed 84-78 early in the fourth quarter before Benjamin scored nine points in a 22-5 run that gave New Jersey a 98-89 lead with 4:05 remaining.