Marc Gasol nets 24 points, helps Grizz hand Knicks first loss
Memphis, TN, United States (4E Sports) – Marc Gasol fired 24 points and Zach Randolph submitted a double-double performance as the Memphis Grizzlies handed the New York Knicks their first loss, 105-95, Saturday at FedEx Forum.
Randolph finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds for his eighth straight double-double while Rudy Gay reached the 8,000-point plateau after scoring 17.
Gay is now the 2nd player in Memphis franchise history to reach that plateau, the other was Pau Gasol (8,966).
Mike Conley contributed 16 points and eight dimes while Tony Allen had nine points to carry the Grizzlies to their seventh straight win and an NBA-best record of 7-1.
The win was the Grizzlies’ third against powerhouse teams this season. They defeated the defending champion Miami Heat, 104-86, and followed it with a 107-97 triumph over Western Conference titlist Oklahoma City Thunder, 107-97.
Carmelo Anthony top-scored with 20 points for New York (6-1), Raymond Felton added 18 points and handed out five assists, and veteran Rasheed Wallace contributed a season-high 13 points.
JR Smith, who was averaging 18.0 point per outing entering Saturday’s matchup, was limited to nine markers, missing all of his three attempts from beyond the arc as the Knicks just buried five three-pointers after averaging 11.8 threes a game. .
Conley poured 13 points in the first half to give Memphis a 54-49 lead despite a 57-percent shooting by the Knicks and 14 markers from Anthony.
Memphis opened the second half with a 23-7 attack behind Gasol’s eight points to take a 77-56 lead with five minutes left in the third period.
The Knicks launched a 14-6 rally in the fourth period capped by a jumper by Felton to cut the dficit to 91-91, with six minutes remaining in the game.
However, the Grizzlies made key baskets down the stretch to keep the Knicks at bay.