The Memphis Grizzlies held off the still-struggling Los Angeles Lakers 106-98, while the Knicks had another poor defensive outing in a 131-103 blowout loss to the Houston Rockets.

All five of the Grizzlies' starters scored in double figures Friday night at the FedExForum in Memphis, with Rudy Gay leading the charge with 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Grizzlies, which once again boast the league's best record at 9-2, built a 34-18 lead after the first quarter and held off the Lakers down the stretch for the victory.

The Lakers' attack was just as unbalanced as it was in their Wednesday night loss to the Sacramento Kings, with Kobe Bryant scoring 30 points but getting little help.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol won the inside battle against Lakers big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, who were held to seven points and six points, respectively.

Pau Gasol, Marc's older brother, struggled with his shot and was on the bench when the Lakers rallied in the fourth quarter. Bryant got the Lakers to within five points with a three-pointer with just over five minutes to go but it was too little too late as the Lakers went to 1-2 with new coach Mike D'Antoni on the sidelines and dropped to 6-7 for the season.

D'Antoni was hired to replace Mike Brown, who was fired after the star-studded team got off to a disappointing 1-4 start.

High expectations surround the Lakers this season after the offseason acquisitions of Howard, a three-time defensive player of the year, and star point guard and two-time MVP Steve Nash, who is currently out of action with a non-displaced leg fracture.

In Houston, shooting guard James Harden and Chandler Parsons led an explosive Rockets attack, scoring 33 points and 31 points, respectively, in an easy win over the Knicks, whose record fell to 8-3.

It was also the first game between the two teams since point guard Jeremy Lin signed with the Rockets in the offseason.

Many Knicks fans were disappointed the team did not match Houston's offer after a 2011-12 season in which the previously unheralded Harvard grad became an international sensation with several outstanding performances.

On Friday night, Lin had a solid game with 13 points and seven rebounds. He also committed just four turnovers in just under 35 minutes of play.

The Knicks had been one of the NBA's best defensive teams in racing to an 8-1 record, but they gave up 114 points in a loss Wednesday night to the Dallas Mavericks and offered little resistance to the Rockets' scorers on Friday.

In other action, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 101-91, the Orlando Magic edged the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-104, the Detroit Pistons eked out a 91-90 win over the Toronto Raptors, the Brooklyn Nets topped the L.A. Clippers 86-76 and the Boston Celtics held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100.

The San Antonio Spurs ran their record to 10-3 with a 104-97 win over the Indiana Pacers, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Golden State Warriors 102-91, the Phoenix Suns overcame the New Orleans Hornets 111-108 in overtime, the Utah Jazz edged the Sacramento Kings 104-102 and stellar rookie Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 103-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. EFE