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Friday, March 11, 2011

'Melo sinks Grizzlies with last shot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Carmelo Anthony knew he had his first game-winning shot with the New York Knicks as soon as the ball left his hand.

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Return to sender: New York's Shawne Williams blocks a shot by Memphis' Mike Conley in the second half on Wednesday night. The Knicks beat the Grizzlies 110-108. AP PHOTO

Anthony's 6-meter jumper over Tony Allen with 0.5 seconds left helped the Knicks withstand a late Memphis rally and beat the Grizzlies 110-108 on Wednesday night.

"It was one of them shots, that you know is going to go in," said Anthony, who finished with 31 points on 12 of 24 from the field. "I had plenty of shots this whole game like that, and they didn't go in. That particular one felt real good."

The play was set up for a pick-and-roll with Amare Stoudemire on the left side of the lane. But the Grizzlies overplayed Stoudemire, leaving Allen 1-on-1 with Anthony.

"He had been guarding me close up the whole night," Anthony said. "I just wanted to get a little bit of space, just something where I could see the basket. Once I made a jab move, I got a little bit of space."

Memphis had one more chance, but an alley-oop attempt to Darrell Arthur was broken up at the basket, giving the Knicks their third straight win and strengthening their hold on the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It was just trying to get a lob, and they played it," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "We could have tried to get a shot, but they were going to switch all that, so I thought we would just try to get a lob."

Stoudemire added 26 points for the Knicks, while Toney Douglas finished with 18 points and a career-high 10 assists.

Tony Allen led Memphis with 22 points.

Timberwolves 101, Pacers 75

In Minneapolis, Kevin Love recorded his 52nd double-double in a row to surpass Moses Malone for the longest such streak since the ABA and NBA merged in 1976 in the Timberwolves' victory over free-falling Indiana.

Love overcame a bruised left knee to put up 16 points and 21 rebounds in just 27 minutes to help the Timberwolves win for just the 16th time this season. Love didn't waste any time extending the streak, reaching double figures in points and rebounds with just under seven minutes to play in the first half.

Thunder 110, 76ers 105 (OT)

In Philadelphia, Kevin Durant had 34 points and 16 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 12 assists to lead Oklahoma City over the Sixers.

Nick Collison made it three Thunder players with double-doubles with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Bulls 101, Bobcats 84

In Charlotte, Derrick Rose and Kyle Korver scored 20 points apiece and Chicago pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Bobcats, a victory dimmed by Carlos Boozer's leg injury.

Korver had 12 points in the final period and Joakim Noah added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who won for the 11th time in 13 games and expanded their hold on second place in the Eastern Conference to 2 1/2 games over slumping Miami.

Hornets 93, Mavericks 92

In New Orleans, Jarrett Jack scored 21 points, hitting three free throws to complete an unlikely 8-0 run inside the final 1:13, and the Hornets edged Dallas.

New Orleans trailed 92-85 when Dirk Nowitzki made a technical free throw, then Marco Belinelli hit a 3 and Emeka Okafor put back Belinelli's missed reverse layup.

Spurs 111, Pistons 104

In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 23 points and the Spurs bounced back from a humbling loss and clinched a playoff berth by beating Detroit.

Tim Duncan, who matched a career low with two points in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes.

Clippers 108, Celtics 103

In Boston, Mo Williams scored 28 points and Los Angeles withstood a late Celtics surge for its fourth straight win despite a mediocre performance by Blake Griffin.

Williams scored the most points in his five games since being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers. DeAndre Jordan had 21 points for the Clippers, while Griffin managed just 12 points as he missed 10 of 14 shots.

Magic 106, Kings 102

In Sacramento, Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and Dwight Howard returned from a one-game suspension to lead Orlando over the Kings.

Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds but fouled out late, and Jason Richardson scored 19 points to help the Magic overcome an eight-point deficit and open a five-game road trip with a much-needed victory.

Nets 94, Warriors 90

In Newark, N.J., Brook Lopez had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and made two clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds left as the Nets beat Golden State for their first three-game winning streak in two years.

Anthony Morrow added 22 points for the Nets, who were without All-Star point guard Deron Williams. Sasha Vujacic, who entered the game averaging 8.9 points on 39.7 percent shooting, was 7 of 16 from the field for 16 points, and Kris Humphries chipped in with 11.

Jazz 96, Raptors 94

In Toronto, Al Jefferson scored 34 points, including a game-winning layup at the buzzer, and Utah rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Raptors for the 12th straight time.

Bucks 110, Cavaliers 90

In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings and Earl Boykins each scored 18 points to lead the Bucks over Cleveland.

Boykins had all of his points in the first half, then Jennings scored 14 in the third quarter as Milwaukee enjoyed its second blowout in two days, thanks to 55.1 percent shooting.

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