Zach Randolph leads Grizzlies past Knicks

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Zach Randolph recorded a double-double with 25 points and 15 boards against his former team as the Memphis Grizzlies ended a five-game losing streak with a 95-87 win over the New York Knicks Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Randolph made nine of 18 shots, Tony Allen added a season-best 19 points and eight rebounds, Jerryd Bayless had 11, Ed Davis and Kosta Koufos added 10 apiece as the Grizzlies improved to 11-15.

“I’m trying to get a win, I’m always extra motivated. I love playing in the Garden. And it’s a team I played for. I had a great time when I was here. So it’s definitely sweet to get a win here,” Randolph said.

The Grizzlies dominated the shaded lane, outrebounding the Knicks, 56-29, outscored the Knicks in the paint, 60-28.

Carmelo Anthony scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth period while J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in 16 points each for the Knicks (8-18), who dropped to 0-3 in noon home starts this season.

In three noon home starts, the Knicks have now lost by a combined 80 points. They were bludgeoned by a combined 72 points by the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

“You look at the rebounding. It was 56-29. That’s embarrassing, especially when you start a big lineup. Tyson [Chandler], [Andrea] Bargnani, they gotta rebound the ball better,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

“We couldn’t keep them out of the paint, that was the problem,” he added.

The Grizzlies took a 25-22 lead in the first period and outscored the Knicks, 25-18, to seize a 50-40 lead at the break. Allen and Randolph combined for 14 points in the second.

In the fourth, the Knicks used a 9-0 run to get within 91-87 in the final seconds but came up short.

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