The Memphis Grizzlies dealt the New York Knicks their first loss of the season, earning a 105-95 victory that improved their record to a league-best 7-1.
The Grizzlies were led Friday night by the dominating inside play of center Marc Gasol and power forward Zach Randolph, who scored 24 points and 20 points, respectively.
Forward Rudy Gay also scored 17 points and point guard Mike Conley added 16 points and dished out eight assists as the Grizzlies won their seventh straight game and remained undefeated at home.
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 and point guard Raymond Felton pitched in 18 for the Knicks, whose record fell to 6-1.
The Grizzlies broke open a tight game in the third quarter, going on a 23-7 run thanks to strong play by Gasol, and then held off a late Knicks rally.
On a busy night in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers routed the Dallas Mavericks 103-83, the Philadelphia 76ers topped the Utah Jazz 99-93, the Orlando Magic edged the Detroit Pistons 110-106, the Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the New Orleans Hornets 110-95 and the Golden State Warriors scored a 106-98 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In other action Friday, the Atlanta Hawks cruised past the Sacramento Kings 112-96, the Portland Trail Blazers scraped past the Houston Rockets in overtime 119-117 and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns 114-102. EFE