LAS VEGAS (AP) Brandon Williams scored 22 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an 85-77 win over the New York Knicks in the NBA Summer League Championship on Sunday.
It played in the Portland championship game for the third time since 2017 and its second title since.
The Trail Blazers got 36 points from their reserves, led by Jabari Walker, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Trendon finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for Watford Portland and the game was a unanimous choice for MVP honors.
The Knicks had five players in double digits, led by Quentin Grimes, who had 19 points.
Miles McBride scored 17 points, while Jericho Sims contributed 13 and Feron Hunt and Micah Potter contributed with 10 for New York.
Portland, who came into the game, finished third during the Summer League with 42.8 rebounds per game, trailing the Knicks 37–32.
The Blazers, who had previously defeated New York 88–77 in this event, could not find their rhythm until the start of the second quarter of the championship, when they opened with back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers that saw them return. Gave. 21-14 lead. They went on to hit seven 3-pointers in the quarter to create an 11-point lead they would reach 41-30 in the locker room.
With a 60-44 lead on 10 points on the rim, the Blazers pushed their lead to 16 in the third quarter.
Portland finished 28 out of 64 (43.7%) from the floor, including 11 out of 33 (33.3%) from the 3-point boundary.
The Knicks, sitting on the side of the court with coach Tom Thibodeau, shot 40.0% (24 out of 60) from the floor, including 24.0% (6 out of 25) from the 3-point range.
Portland rode their defensive tenacity to the championship, but it was New York’s defense that disappointed the Blazers to begin the game. Both teams came out relatively sluggish, with a mixed slope, as the Knicks shot 5 out of 15 (.333) from the floor and the Blazers just 3 out of 12 (.250) off the ground.
Portland scored 10 of 19 (.526) in the second quarter and finished .419 (13 of 31) for the half, while the Knicks scored 22 (.318) for only 2 of 7 (.285). For the collective 7 were for. first two quarters.
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