Knicks Takeaways from Saturday's 110-99 win over Trail Blazers, including another big Elfrid Payton game

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Elfrid Payton plays defense vs. Blazers
Elfrid Payton plays defense vs. Blazers

The Knicks dominated in the paint and played strong enough defense to come away with a 110-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday’s game…

1. RJ Barrett continued to look more and more confident in his approach. The second-year pro had a strong first half with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while knocking down both of his three-point attempts in the first 24 minutes of action. Things were a little slower for Barrett in the second half, but he still finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

2. As he continues to push for an All-Star spot, Julius Randle had another do-it-all-type game for the Knicks. In the first half, Randle poured in 10 points with five rebounds and two assists. Randle came out hot to start the second half, knock down a pair of early threes. He ended the game with 22 points and 11 boards to go along with four assists.

3. Coming off a 20-point game against Chicago, Elfrid Payton had another strong offensive game on Saturday, going for 22 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Once again, Payton got the majority of the playing time at point guard, as Immanuel Quickley played just under 13 minutes, scoring 12 points. Quickley did have a nice sequence early in the fourth where he hit a three and then came up with a steal for an easy Reggie Bullock layup, but Tom Thibodeau took Quickley out of the game shortly after that.

4. The Knicks took an 84-76 lead into the fourth quarter. The Blazers cut the Knicks lead to five points a couple of times early in the frame, but the Knicks were able to maintain their lead the rest of the way, despite Damian Lillard's best efforts to help bring the Blazers back.

5. Former Knicks Carmelo Anthony returned to the guard, but he didn’t make much of an impact. Anthony missed all five of his shots in the first half, and ended the game with just two points on 1-of-8 shooting. But Lillard helped carry the Blazers, as he soft often does, scoring 29 points.

The Blazers really hurt the Knicks from beyond the arc, hitting 10 threes in the first half and 17 for the game, but the Knicks dominated in the paint, outscoring Portland 50-28 with Enes Kanter as the only true center for the Blazers.

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What's next

The Knicks are back on the floor on Sunday for the first of two games with the Miami Heat. Tipoff from The Garden is set for 1:00 p.m.