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Gasol's 37 points helps Grizzlies past Knicks 103-95

By CLAY BAILEY
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis beat New York 103-95 on Saturday night in the first game between the teams since the NBA suspended Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes for two games for his fight with Knicks coach Derek Fisher in October.

Barnes finished with two points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes.

Marc Gasol had 37 points and eight rebounds to help the Grizzlies to their fourth win in five games. He was 15 for 29 from the field.

Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 17 points, while Kyle O'Quinn added 15 points, missing only one of his six shots. Derrick Williams had 13 points.

The Knicks played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who missed his second straight game with sprained right ankle.

The league announced last month that it was suspending Barnes for two games without pay for what it said was a "physical altercation" with Fisher and for "threatening" the coach in October.

The NBA investigated the Oct. 3 incident in Redondo Beach, California, between Barnes and Fisher - former teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2010-12. Despite the buildup to the first game between the sides, there were no incidents between the pair.

Jeff Green scored 18 points for Memphis, and Zach Randolph had 14. Mario Chalmers finished with 12 points.

The Knicks closed to 77-75 in the fourth when O'Quinn scored inside. But Memphis responded with a 17-4 run, opening a 94-79 lead on Chalmers' 3-pointer with 3:24 left.

New York made one more push to overtake Memphis with a 9-1 spurt, but the rally fizzled from there.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Fisher had little to say about the Barnes situation before the game, finally telling reporters he was there to answer basketball questions. ... Porzingis, who was listed as questionable with a sore right shoulder, played 28-plus minutes. ... The Knicks were 5 of 20 from 3-point range.

Grizzlies: Memphis wore its throwback Memphis Sounds uniforms, a nod to the city's last American Basketball Association franchise. ... Gasol's 37 points were one short of his career-high 38 this season against the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 1.

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