Grizzlies Thump Bulls: Magic Top Knicks in MLK Matinees
The Orlando Magic overcame 33 points by Carmelo Anthony to beat the home standing New York Knicks 102-93 on MLK Day at the Garden. Dwight Howard had a tough day dealing with Tyson Chandler, scoring only 8 points before fouling out with :40 left. But the shooting of Ryan Anderson, Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson and some tough layups by J.J. Redick down the stretch propelled Orlando to their Southeast Division leading 9-3 mark.
The game was close throughout before Orlando went on a 17-6 run to go upm99-91 with :55 left. The Magic was led by Anderson with 30 points, a career high, and Redick with 21 points. The Magic went 4-0 on their road trip and will head back home to face the Bobcats tomorrow, the Spurs on Wednesday and the Lakers on Friday. The Knicks have now lost three straight and fell to 6-7. The Knicks will host Denver, Milwaukee and Cleveland this week.
The Magic were hot from outside, going 17 of 35 (49 percent) from 3-point range. Anderson and Turkoglu each made two in the fourth quarter, when the Magic took control after trailing most of the game.
Rudy Gay scored 24 points and Mike Conley added 20 to lead the Grizzlies to a 102-86 win over Chicago. The Bulls played without Derrick Rose, their MVP point guard. Marc Gasol had 19 points and Marreese Speights also had 16 aiding the Grizzlies cause.
Luol Deng led the Bulls with 20 points and C.J. Watson finished with 17. Taj Gibson had 16 points and Carlos Boozer added 13 points, all in the first half, and seven rebounds.
The game avenges a 40 point loss to the Bulls on New Year’s Day for Memphis, which gives an idea how much difference Rose makes to the 12-3 Bulls. Memphis ran its record to 6-6.
Memphis will go on the road for the next two games against New Orleans on Wednesday and Detroit on Friday. They will host Sacramento on Saturday. Chicago will host Phoenix on Tuesday and will visit Cleveland on Friday before hosting Charlotte on Saturday.
In Charlotte the Cavaliers got a win over the Bobcats 102-94. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 25 points. Maybe losing Lebron wasn’t such a bad thing for Cleveland. The Cavs closed the game on a 9-0 run, fueled by Anderson Varejeo’s two clutch baskets. Omri Casspi scored 14 points to aid the Cavs cause.Cleveland will host Golden State on Tuesday and the Bulls on Friday before visiting Atlanta on Saturday. Charlotte visits Orlando on Tuesday and the Bulls on Saturday..
In the last matinee game early Monday, the Rockets beat the Wizards 114-106. Kevin Martin had 25 points and Samuel Dalembert added 20 to lead the Rockets as they ran their record to 6-7. Washington is having a miserable year at 1-12.
The Rockets will host Detroit on Tuesday, New Orleans on Thursday and San Antonio on Saturday. Washington was led by John Wall who scored a career high 38 points in the loss. They will host Oklahoma City on Wednesday and Denver on Friday.