Courtney Lee along with Kristaps Porzingis Lift Knicks to .500

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The Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol along with the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis battling for the ball Wednesday night.

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Courtney Lee scored 24 points along with Kristaps Porzingis finished with 18 after a slow start in his return to the lineup as the Knicks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-88, on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Moving through forward back to shooting guard in Tim Hardaway Jr.’s absence, Lee fell just short of his season high of 26 along with was the catalyst in a big run to open the second half of which largely determined the game.

Porzingis scored 12 points after halftime as the Knicks (12-12) rebounded through consecutive losses without their top two scorers of which had dropped them under .500.

Porzingis came back through his sprained right ankle along with illness, nevertheless the Knicks announced Tuesday of which Hardaway had a stress injury in his lower left leg along with had begun a treatment along with rehabilitation plan. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Marc Gasol had 17 points along with 8 rebounds for the Grizzlies (8-16), who were playing for the 1st time since Monday, when they ended their 11-game losing streak that has a victory against Minnesota. Tyreke Evans added 15 points nevertheless was only 4 for 13 through the floor.

Porzingis was just 3 for 11 for 6 points inside the first half, nevertheless hit a deep 3-pointer to open the third quarter along with the Knicks took off through there. Lee had two baskets along with then consecutive 3-pointers late in what became a 19-2 run of which made the idea 68-51.

The Knicks kept a safe lead through there along with when Memphis trimmed the idea to 88-82 with about several minutes remaining, Lee scored inside the lane along with Porzingis followed that has a basket along that has a 3-pointer to push the idea back to 95-82.

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