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Anthony the hero as Knicks down Grizzlies

Mar 10, 2011 - 7:13 AM Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony buried a long jump shot with 0.5 seconds remaining, lifting the New York Knicks a 110-108 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Before hitting the winner, Anthony committed a foul that allowed Memphis to tie the game on Zach Randolph's three-point play with 14.2 seconds left.

Working against Tony Allen at the other end -- and looking to be the hero in his ninth game with the Knicks -- Anthony dribbled left and took a step back, knocking down the fall-away jumper from just inside the three-point line on the left wing.

"It was a screen and roll with me and 'Melo," said Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire, who ended with 26 points. "Either one of us was going to take the shot depending on the spacing."

Memphis called a timeout, then tried a quick shot off the inbounds pass, but failed to get one off.

Anthony poured in 31 points and the Knicks captured their third straight win, improving to 6-3 since the All-Star was acquired from Denver in a blockbuster trade two weeks ago.

Chauncey Billups, another piece of that deal, missed his fifth straight game for New York because of a left thigh bruise. Toney Douglas continued to shine in his absence, scoring 18 points with 10 assists.

Allen had 22 points and was one of four Grizzlies to score at least 20, but Memphis had a two-game win streak snapped.

"We didn't have discipline guarding the three -point line," said Grizzlies forward Shane Battier, referring to the Knicks' 12-of-24 effort from long range.

The Knicks were coming off a 131-109 rout of Utah on Monday and led by as many as 17 points in this one when Landry Fields scored to make it 74-57 with 8:22 remaining in the third quarter.

Memphis trailed 96-82 entering the fourth, but cut that deficit to six points by opening the quarter with an 8-0 burst. Darrell Arthur scored all eight points to get the Grizzlies within 96-90.

The New York lead was up to 10 at 108-98 before Memphis used a 10-0 run to tie it. Mike Conley drove into the paint and found Randolph underneath for a bucket with 14.2 seconds remaining.

Anthony, his hands raised, was called for a foul on the play and Randolph knocked down the free throw to make it 108-108, setting the scene for Melo's winner at the other end.

"We had to hold them off," said Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni. "They're good, we just shot the ball extremely well tonight."

Game Notes

New York led 30-27 after the first quarter and 61-53 at halftime...Arthur (21), Randolph (20) and Conley (20) were the other Grizzlies to score at least 20 points. Randolph added a game-high 11 rebounds...Both teams shot better than 53 percent in the game.