Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
NEW YORK -- Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard savored the atmosphere of a tense game in his Madison Square Garden debut. New York fans were especially hyped for the New Year's Day matchup, with Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire making his season debut and MVP candidate Carmelo Anthony on his way to a 45-point night after missing two games with a knee injury. But even after Anthony had the Garden fans screaming when his 3-pointer brought New York within three with 57.1 seconds left, Lillard didn't flinch. The top Rookie of the Year candidate calmly answered with his own 3-pointer, helping Portland hold off the Knicks for a 105-100 win. "We had the lead, we were up three and we wanted to flatten them out," said Lillard, who scored 21 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and added six assists. He added matter-of-factly, "Even if it didn't go in, it'd still be a two-possession game or they'd have to make a 3. "I liked the whole vibe of the arena...
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