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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Barrage of 3s ignites Knicks past Grizzlies

NEW YORK (AP) Toney Douglas equaled a franchise record by making nine of the New York Knicks' franchise-record 20 3-pointers, scoring 29 points in a 120-99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday that snapped a three-game losing streak.

"Once I started hitting, I felt like there was no defense out there," Douglas said. "No matter if a man was on me, anything I threw up was going in."

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and Chauncey Billups added 18 for the Knicks, who were 20 of 36 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc and moved back ahead of Philadelphia into sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Douglas' ninth 3-pointer, with 17 seconds left, gave the team a record total and allowed him to match Latrell Sprewell and John Starks on the individual game list.

Mike Conley scored 16 points for the Grizzlies, whose lead was sliced to one game over Utah for the final playoff spot in the West.

"They shoot the ball very well against us," Memphis forward Zach Randolph said. "It was one of them games, a disappointing game. We came out and played and didn't stick to our game plan (and) didn't stick to the identity of our team the way we play and they blew us out."

Bulls 84, Nets 73

In Newark, N.J., Derrick Rose scored 21 points as Chicago extended its longest winning streak in six years to eight games.

Luol Deng added 19 points for the Bulls (49-18), who took a half-game lead over idle Boston in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Rookie Omer Asik added 11 points and a career-high 16 boards.

New Jersey rallied in the fourth quarter but Kyle Korver had seven of his 12 in the final period, helping the Bulls hold on.

Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Nets, who had won five straight for their longest winning streak in the last three years. Kris Humphries added 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Deron Williams had 11 assists, but Rose controlled him on defense, limiting him to five points on 1-of-12 shooting.

Trail Blazers 111, Cavaliers 70

In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and 11 rebounds before heading to the sideline late in the third quarter as the Blazers routed Cleveland.

Portland led by as many as 44 points while easily surpassing its largest margin of victory this season. Gerald Wallace added 17 points for the Blazers, who had 29 assists compared to the Cavaliers' total of six.

Cleveland, with the league's worst record at 13-54, made just 21 shots from the floor in shooting 35.6 percent. Ramon Sessions had 14 points.



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