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Terry Stotts

Trail Blazers Rout Knicks In Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers continued their mastery of the NBA Eastern Conference on Sunday night, defeating the depleted New York Knicks, 101-79.

Portland's Wesley Matthews led all scorers with 28 points, matching his season high. Nicolas Batum added a season-high 17 points for Portland.

The Blazers raised their record to 25-7. They are 14-2 at home, 14-1 against the Eastern Conference and now 8-0 vs. the East at Moda Center.

Portland, which went 12-3 in November, is 12-3 in December, going into Tuesday's home game against Toronto.

For the Knicks (5-28), Carmelo Anthony got most of the night off with a...