Conley scores 31, Grizzlies beat Knicks to clinch seventh

  • Conley scores 31, Grizzlies beat Knicks to clinch seventh

Conley scores 31, Grizzlies beat Knicks to clinch seventh

NY outscored the Grizzlies 25-17 in the third quarter and took a two-point lead into the final period.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (30-49): The availability of standout power forward Kristaps Porzingis (back) will be decided on Friday after he was scratched prior to the loss to the Wizards. The Grizzlies will face the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

A 16-2 run in the middle of the period, led by Carter's trio of 3-pointers, extended the Memphis advantage to 96-80.

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley (eye laceration) is slated to return against NY after missing Wednesday's 103-100 loss to Oklahoma City.

The Knicks were deep into their bench players for the game.

Not only did Conley start, he saw well enough to make 12 of his 17 shots - including 7 of 11 from 3-point range - and score 31 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 101-88 win.

Although the Grizzlies built a 12-point lead in the first half they couldn't bury the Knicks. And hopes of Porzingis returning were sidetracked when his sore lower back flared up. Grizzlies G Mike Conley is one of four players with 10,000 points, 4,000 assists and 1,000 steals since he entered the National Basketball Association in 2007-08.

"I'm just going to try to keep us in a good rhythm", Memphis coach David Fizdale said. The Rockets led by two after a dunk by Montrezl Harrell before Ish Smith made a basket to tie it. James Harden missed a 3-pointer on the other end, and Johnson's 3-pointer made it 110-107. "I'm happy that our guys keep playing hard", Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters after the latest defeat.

Carter scored 12 for the Grizzlies, who close the regular season with home games against Detroit and Dallas. Small forward Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points for the second consecutive game after missing two contests with his own back issues.

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