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Tuesday, February 18th
(All times Eastern)
New York Knicks (20-32) at Memphis Grizzlies (29-23), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks begin a crucial four-game southern
road trip after the All-Star break, starting Tuesday night at FedExForum
against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Knicks will also visit the New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic and Atlanta
Hawks. Nineteen of the Knicks remaining 30 games will be on the road as they
try to make a late push into the Eastern Conference playoffs.
"The first half of the season we kind of want to put that behind us. And it is
what it is at this point. And just move forward from that," All-Star forward
Carmelo Anthony said after he scored 30 points thanks to eight made 3-
pointers. "Now it's time to go. It's time to lock it down. It's time to make a
push. Everybody has got to really focus in, take it one game at a time but
know what's our goal line here."
The Knicks head into the road trip on a downswing, losing two straight before
the break and five of six. New York has dropped four in a row outside of
Madison Square Garden.
The most recent setback came Wednesday night when the Knicks fell in overtime
to the Sacramento Kings at MSG.
Anthony registered a 36-point, 11-rebound effort, but the Knicks blew a 12-
point second-half lead.
"We can't go back and get this game. We didn't finish this game," said New
York head coach Mike Woodson.
Amar'e Stoudemire added 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the loss, with Tyson
Chandler amassing 17 points and 11 rebounds for New York.
The Grizzlies head into the post-break portion of their schedule with two
consecutive victories. Memphis, which went to the Western Conference Finals
last season, is 1 1/2 games out of a playoff berth in the incredibly-
Memphis defeated the Orlando Magic, 86-81 on Wednesday down in Disney World.
Zach Randolph scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Grizzlies. Courtney Lee
added 17 points while Tayshaun Prince and Nick Calathes finished with 14 and
12 points, respectively, for the Grizzlies, winners in three of their last
"This is a huge win for us. There's a big difference in the West between being
four games over .500 or being six games over .500," said Grizzlies coach David
In the third quarter, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol left the game after injuring
his left knee. Gasol, who missed 23 games earlier this season after injuring
the same knee, banged knees with Orlando guard Jameer Nelson.
His availability is unknown for Tuesday, but Mike Conley is expected back
after an ankle injury.
The Grizzlies defeated the Knicks by eight in MSG on Dec. 21. They have won
three of the last four meetings and are 4-2 against New York in their last six
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