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Grizzlies, Knicks collide at FedEx Forum

Mar 9, 2011 - 4:11 PM (Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies shoot for their third straight win against a probable playoff team when they welcome the New York Knicks to FedEx Forum.

After topping Dallas on Sunday, Memphis got the best of Oklahoma City on Monday when Mike Conley scored 20 points and dished out nine assists as all five Grizzlies starters reached double-digits in the team's 107-101 win over Oklahoma City.

Marc Gasol recorded 18 points and six rebounds while Zach Randolph donated 17 points and six boards for the Grizzlies, who have won two straight and five of the last seven overall. Tony Allen added 20 points and Sam Young scored 12 to round out the starters.

"From one through 15, all the guys came to play," Allen said.

Memphis is currently holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games clear of Phoenix. The Grizzlies are also just 1 1/2 games behind fifth place Denver in the jumbled West.

The Knicks also won their second straight contest on Monday when Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and Amare Stoudemire added 31 to carry New York to a 131-109 drubbing of the struggling Utah Jazz. The 131 points were a season- best for the Knicks.

Toney Douglas, starting for the injured Chauncey Billups, hit five of New York's 13 three-pointers on his way to 20 points, and the Knicks buried 56 percent from the field to win for the second straight night.

"Myself and Carmelo can score one-on-one with ease, but to get other players involved and play team basketball is the ultimate goal for us," Stoudemire said. "Tonight was us working together, and it worked out well."

New York is now 5-3 since acquiring Anthony and Billups from Denver in a blockbuster deal just before the trade deadline. Billups, however, missed his fourth straight game against the Jazz with a left thigh bruise, and his status for Wednesday remains uncertain.

Memphis and New York have alternated sweeping the home-and-home series over the past five seasons with the Grizz winning in 2005-06, '07-08 and '09-10 and the Knicks taking the bragging rights in 2006-07 and '08-09.