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Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012

Grizzlies find formula to prevail over Knicks


MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies handed the New York Knicks their first loss of the season with a 105-95 victory on Friday night.

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Sky hook: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, speaks after a statue depicting his famous shot is unveiled outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday. AP

Rudy Gay scored 17 points and blocked four shots, and Mike Conley added 16 points and eight assists as Memphis won its seventh straight. The Grizzlies own the NBA's best record for the first time in franchise history at 7-1.

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points for New York, which was trying to start 7-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 team that reached the NBA Finals. Raymond Felton scored 18 points and handed out five assists. Rasheed Wallace scored 13 points, shooting 6 of 10.

The Grizzlies led by as many as 21 in the third quarter and still held a 19-point lead in the early stages of the final period.

With the 10-point win, Memphis defeated the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder — last season's NBA finalists — and the previously undefeated Knicks by double digits this week.

Lakers 114, Suns 102

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 31 points, Metta World Peace hit five 3-pointers while scoring 22 points, and the Lakers played Mike D'Antoni's style of up-tempo basketball in a victory over Phoenix.

Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds as Los Angeles improved to 3-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff with a performance that must have impressed D'Antoni, who watched from the locker room inside Staples Center.

Blazers 119, Rockets 117 (OT)

In Portland, Nicolas Batum had 35 points, rookie Damian Lillard sparked a late comeback and the Trail Blazers edged Houston in overtime.

Thunder 110, Hornets 95

In New Orleans, Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points, and Oklahoma City rolled to its sixth victory in seven games.

Warriors 106, Timberwolves 98

In Minneapolis, David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Golden State dominated inside in the victory.

Hawks 112, Kings 96

In Sacramento, Kyle Korver scored 22 points, reserve Lou Williams had 21 and Atlanta earned its ninth consecutive win against the Kings.

76ers 99, Jazz 93

In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 26 points to help the Sixers snap a three-game home losing streak.

Before the game, injured Sixers center Andrew Bynum said he had suffered a "setback" in his return from a knee injury. Bynum said he now has swelling and a bone bruise on both knees and his target date of Dec. 10 for basketball activities is in limbo.

Pacers 103, Mavericks 83

In Indianapolis, David West and George Hill each scored 15 points, and the Pacers improved to 3-1 at home.

Magic 110, Pistons 106

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 42.8 seconds left, and Orlando got the win on the road.

Kareem statue unveiled


LOS ANGELES — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sky hook has been captured in bronze for future generations of basketball fans.

Staples Center unveiled a nearly 5-meter tall statue of the top scorer in NBA history Friday night, immortalizing Jabbar's famed hook shot alongside statues of fellow Los Angeles Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Jerry West.

The 65-year-old Abdul-Jabbar pronounced himself humbled and grateful during a ceremony attended by numerous NBA greats ranging from Johnson and West to Pat Riley and Elgin Baylor — and even Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson.

"Having lived my life and had the experiences I've had, I can understand now what a man like Lou Gehrig means when he considers himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth," Abdul-Jabbar said.

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