The Memphis Grizzlies (7-1) continued to build upon their best start in franchise history by knocking off the unbeaten New York Knicks (6-1) by a final 105-95 margin.
Carmelo Anthony started out hot, hitting 4-of-7 from the field and racking up nine points in the first quarter. He was sent to the bench, though, after picking up his second foul at the end of the first quarter. Melo finished with 20 points.
The Grizz broke out a five-point lead just before the half after Michael Conley was rejected but then chased down the loose ball and drilled a three-pointer as the shot clock expired.
Following the half, Memphis busted out a 21-point lead, outscoring the Knicks by a 31-18 margin to gain a commanding 18-point lead heading into the fourth and final period.
Refusing to say die, the Knicks closed the gap to eight points with four minutes to play. Despite the effort, the pick-and-roll of Memphis proved to be too much for the comeback-minded Knicks.
Marc Gasol led all scorers with 24 points and also had seven rebounds. Raymond Felton added 18 points, five assists and three boards for the Knicks.
Player of the Game: Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
Randolph finished with a game-high 15 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end of the floor, and also dropped in 20 points for the Grizz.
He was a dominant presence down low along with Marc Gasol, allowing Memphis to get several second-chance points. The two big men also combined for an impressive 18-of-20 shooting from the free-throw stripe.
Randolph has recorded a double-double in every game this season for the Grizzlies.
Up Next for Knicks
The Knicks will fly back to New York to prepare for a visit from the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. Indiana is just 1-5 on the road and will be hungry to prey on the Knicks after its first loss of the season.
Up Next for Grizzlies
The Grizz won’t have much time to rest on their laurels after their big Friday night win over the Knicks. They travel to Charlotte on Saturday night to take on the 4-3 Kemba Walker-led Bobcats.