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article imageNBA: Knicks take down Grizzlies 110-108 with Melo game winner

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 10, 2011 in Sports
Memphis - The Grizzlies have won some big games as of late and this game against the Knicks was just another inch to add to their measuring stick. The Knicks are trying to add inches to theirs as well trying to hold on to their spot in the playoff race.
The New York Knicks (34-29) are sitting in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and the Memphis Grizzlies (36-30) are sitting in the final eight spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Both teams made deals at the trade deadline to put their teams in position to stay in the hunt and last night’s game had playoff intensity all over it.
New York struck first with a Stoudemire jumper, but both teams traded baskets till the Knicks got a six point lead on an Anthony 3-pointer. Allen made a layup for the Grizzlies to cut it to a two point game. The Knicks pushed their lead back to six with Melo and Douglas making 3-pointers to make it 20-14. A Conley 3-pointer cut into the Knicks lead, but Memphis to a timeout after Douglas responded with a jumper.
Mayo made two buckets in a row to make the score 24-21 and the Knicks took a timeout with three minutes left in the period. Memphis was down by one, but Melo made to jumpers in the last 1:34 while the Grizzlies went cold. The Knicks took a three point lead off the jumpers making it a 30-27 lead.
New York open the second quarter with five straight points on a Mason jumper, and Fields who knocked down a 3-pointer to make the score 35-27 early. Memphis got back in it when they tied the game up with an 8-2 spurt that was capped off with Allen scoring on a layup and a dunk that forced the Knicks to take a timeout.
Douglas made a 3-pointer and Stoudemire made a jumper to get the Knicks lead back up to five. Memphis tried to get back in after taking a timeout at the 2:25 mark, but both teams traded baskets to close out the half. Memphis scored last when Gasol got fouled and he hit both free-throws. The Knicks took a 61-53 lead into the halftime after Stoudemire missed a last second shot.
Carmelo Anthony scored a game high and team high 31 points with six assists and five rebounds. Amare Stoudemire scored 26 points with six rebounds and three assists and two steals. Toney Douglas continues to have big games in place of Chauncey Billups, as he scored 18 points with 10 assists. Landry Fields score 16 points with six assists and six rebounds.
Roger Mason led the scoring off the bench for the Knicks with ten points.
Toney Allen was the leader for the Grizzlies with 22 points, and both Zach Randolph and Mike Conley both scored 20 apiece. Randolph added 11 rebounds with his 20, and Conley had six assists and five steals with his. Marc Gasol chipped in with 12, but got a huge lift off the bench from Darrell Arthur who scored 21 points with seven rebounds.
Do to Arthur’s big game the Grizzlies’ bench outscored the Knicks’ bench 28-15, but it was not enough to give the Grizz the win. Both teams shooting 53 percent from the field, but the Knicks shot 50 percent from behind the arc on 12-24 shots, and the Grizzlies shot 60 percent but only took five and made three.
Douglas opened the second half with a 3-poinet to give the Knicks an 11 point lead, and Douglas hit another jumper to push it to 15 points before the Grizzlies called a timeout. A 3-pointer by Conley got the Grizzlies within 11 points, but the Knicks were to hot in the period shooting 60 percent.
Mason hit a 3-pointer to make it a 90-73 lead in the Knicks favor. With 1:40 left in the period Mason hit another 3-pointer to make it 93-77, and Conley responded with a jumper of his own. The Nuggets finished the period with a 96-82 lead after a Melo made a free-throw.
Arthur scored the Grizzlies’ first eight points to cut the Knicks lead to six. The Knicks were cold to start the quarter not scoring until the 7:24 mark when Shawne Williams (5 points) made a jumper. The Knicks managed to push their lead to ten when Melo made a jumper forcing the Grizzlies to take a timeout.
The Grizzlies had a 9-0 run to cut the Knicks lead to three with a minute left. The score was 108-105 Randolph hit a jumper and a free-throw to tie the game up at 108. A Melo 19-foot jumper over Allen with 0.5 seconds left is what dealt the Grizzlies the final blow. The Knicks endure a late Memphis rally that was spoiled by great teamwork between Anthony and Stoudemire.
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