Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

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Game 1: Thursday, January 12th

Knicks 83

(6-5, 3-3 away)

Grizzlies 94

(4-6, 3-2 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    8:00 PM ET, January 12, 2012

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 19 19 14 3183
    MEM 28 21 26 1994

    Top Performers

    NY: B. Walker 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mem: R. Gay 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Rudy Gay's 26 fuel Grizzlies by Knicks, who lose Carmelo Anthony

    Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- That was the Rudy Gay the Memphis Grizzlies have been waiting to see.

    Gay scored a season-high 26 points and the Grizzlies beat New York 94-83 on Thursday night to end the Knicks' winning streak at four games.

    "That's what we need out of him," Memphis guard Mike Conley said. "That's the guy we look to to make big plays down the stretch and to carry the load of the scoring. We're a very good team when he's scoring and being that kind of a threat."

    Gay made 11 of 16 shots to help the Grizzlies snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 4-6. The performance was a step forward in a season where Gay is still trying to find his way after missing the closing months of last season and the Grizzlies' playoff run because of a shoulder injury. He also is dealing with a hip pointer.

    "There are a lot of things people don't understand," Gay said about the criticism of his play. "A lot of people haven't been through surgery and been out 10 months and expected to play back-to-back-to-back. It's OK. It's going to click for me."

    The Knicks dealt with their own injury problems in the game. New York played most of the second half without scoring leader Carmelo Anthony after he sprained his right ankle early in the third period. He didn't return, and X-rays were negative.

    Anthony said he will wait and see how he feels Friday, and didn't plan to force his return. If it wasn't feeling right by Saturday's game at Oklahoma City, he will see how it is Monday when the Knicks return home to face Orlando.

    "I've been getting beat up for nine years, so, I'm not worried about getting beat up," said Anthony, who also was dealing with a wrist problem sustained in the first quarter. "I'm going to get through it. I'm living. I'm walking. I'm smiling. I'm hurt, but I'll be all right."

    O.J. Mayo scored 18 points, also a season high, on 7-of-12 shooting and had eight rebounds for the Grizzlies. Tony Allen added 12 points, and Marc Gasol had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    Anthony and Bill Walker each scored 14 points to lead the Knicks (6-5). Rookie guard Iman Shumpert had 12 points, but was 5 of 20 from the field. Amare Stoudemire, saddled with foul problems early, scored a season-low six points, converting only one of his seven shots. New York set a season low with its 83 points.

    "It was definitely one of those nights where we couldn't get into a rhythm," Knicks center Tyson Chandler said, "but we have to do a better job of our starts and the way we come out."

    Part of that came from a Memphis defense that had nine steals, half of the Knicks' 18 turnovers, and left New York shooting 37 percent for the game.

    "Our intensity, our focus, our discipline were really good on both ends of the court," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "We just kept getting steals."

    Memphis had a comfortable lead in the fourth period, but New York reserves went 6 of 9 from 3-point range late to make it closer at the end.

    Memphis already had a double-digit lead in the first half, then outscored the Knicks 26-14 in the third quarter, at one point stretching the lead to 25 points.

    The Knicks struggled from the field from the start, missing eight of their first nine shots. Stoudemire picked up a couple of early fouls, and Memphis took the lead getting out on the break.

    "I just thought emotionally we didn't come out with the right mental energy, and they jumped on us," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We went back on our heels and tried to resolve the problem one-on-one.

    "It didn't work out, obviously."

    Gay was 5 of 6 early, including a couple of dunks, for 12 first-quarter points.

    "I just told Rudy Gay: 'That's the best I've seen you play overall,'" Hollins said.

    Game notes

    Anthony went to the bench during a first-quarter timeout shaking his left wrist. He had additional tape wrapped on it and returned after the timeout. ... The broadcast by TNT meant the return of former Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello, an analyst for the network. ... Memphis' Marresse Speights got his second start at power forward in place of the injured Zach Randolph. Speights finished with two points, missing all six of his shots from the field. He grabbed nine rebounds. ... Several fans serenaded Memphis guard Allen when he was at the foul line in the second quarter. Allen celebrated his 30th birthday on Wednesday. The singing brought a chuckle from Anthony.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 94
    FGM-FGA 31-83 (.373) 34-75 (.453)
    3PM-3PA 11-26 (.423) 6-12 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 10-11 (.909) 20-30 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-41 8-48
    Assists 19 20
    Turnovers 18 16
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 11 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 11 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 0 25

    Top Performers

    New York
    Bill Walker Walker
    Points: 14
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Rudy Gay Gay
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1

    Research Notes

    Knicks rookie forward Josh Harrellson went 2-4 from 3-point range against the Grizzlies, he's now 10-30 this year. In 3 seasons at Kentucky, Harrellson made 9 total 3-pointers (9-29)
    The Knicks went 2-0 against the Grizzlies last season and averaged 115 points on 52.7 percent from the field in those contests. New York was held to just 83 points tonight and shot 37.3 percent from the field. It was the 5th time this season the Knicks scored 85 or fewer points - they scored 85 or fewer just twice all of last season.

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