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Evans has 23 points, 10 assists as Grizzlies beat Knicks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) In a pivotal moment, a rookie got the best of a veteran, stemming a late rally by the New York Knicks.

Courtney Lee got a technical foul while jawing with Memphis rookie Dillon Brooks, setting up three pivotal free throws by Tyreke Evans in the Grizzlies' 105-99 win Wednesday night.

The Knicks, who had trailed by 18 in the third quarter, were within 102-99 when the teams set up for a jump ball with 17.8 seconds remaining. That's when Lee and Brooks began talking smack.

After a warning from official Derrick Stafford, Lee was called for a technical. That led to a free throw by Evans to extend Memphis' lead.

Two more free throws from Evans, who finished with 23 points and 10 assists, provided the final margin.

''I'm lost for words,'' Lee said. ''I wasn't expecting to get a tech like that.''

He later added: ''I wasn't even talking to (Stafford). I was talking to the rookie and nothing was even said that should have even been a technical foul. I've been in this league 10 years. I've heard every combo with somebody being heated. ... I've heard 10 times way worse things than what was said between me and (Brooks).''

The technical foul thwarted a fourth-quarter rally that came close to erasing a Memphis lead that was still at double figures with six minutes left. Three-pointers from Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. made a significant dent in the Grizzlies advantage. Lee's 3-pointer with 48.5 seconds left set the stage for the stretch.

Memphis had shot well and dominated throughout the first three quarters, still shooting 51 percent while carrying an 88-73 lead into the fourth. All that despite missing Marc Gasol due to illness.

JaMychal Green added 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Brooks and Jarell Martin added 17 points each to help Memphis win its second straight.

Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 21 points, while Enes Kanter finished with 20, including 18 in the first half. Lee and Michael Beasley had 18 points each.

Besides Gasol, Memphis continued to be without starting point guard Mike Conley and forward Chandler Parsons, both dealing with long-term injuries.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Have lost seven straight road games in Memphis. New York's last road win against the Grizzlies was in March 2011. ... Lee converted a free throw with 5:05 left in the second quarter - his 45th straight, setting a franchise record. Chris Duhon held the record of 44, set during the 2008-09 season. Lee now has 48 straight. ... Television analyst and former Knicks star Walt Frazier took a ball to the face in the first half. He never missed a play and returned after treatment at halftime.

Grizzlies: Memphis also was without F/C Brandan Wright due to illness. ... With Gasol out, Deyonta Davis started the first game of his career. ... The Grizzlies, who beat the Lakers on Monday, had not won consecutive games since Oct. 26-28.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Continue seven-game trip at Utah on Friday night.

Grizzlies: Host Sacramento on Friday night.

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Key Players
K. Porzingis
6 PF
M. Gasol
33 C
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
18.4 Pts. Per Game 18.4
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
43.4 Field Goal % 41.8
43.3 Three Point % 41.8
81.5 Free Throw % 83.6
  Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans 0:05
  Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:08
+ 1 Tyreke Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
+ 1 Tyreke Evans made 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  Personal foul on Courtney Lee 0:12
+ 1 Tyreke Evans made free throw 0:17
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:17
  Personal foul on Kristaps Porzingis 0:25
  Team rebound 0:25
  Tyreke Evans missed jump shot 0:26
+ 3 Courtney Lee made 3-pt. jump shot 0:48
Team Stats
Points 99 105
Field Goals 35-82 (42.7%) 41-91 (45.1%)
3-Pointers 7-27 (25.9%) 10-28 (35.7%)
Free Throws 22-23 (95.7%) 13-17 (76.5%)
Total Rebounds 50 52
Offensive 12 15
Defensive 33 29
Team 5 8
Assists 22 23
Steals 5 9
Blocks 12 3
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 15 19
Technicals 1 0
21 PTS, 9 REB
23 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Knicks 20-25 3122202699
home team logo Grizzlies 15-28 32292717105
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 20-25 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Grizzlies 15-28 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Porzingis PF 22.7 PPG 6.6 RPG 1.2 APG 43.9 FG%
T. Evans PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Porzingis PF 21 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
T. Evans PG 23 PTS 6 REB 10 AST
42.7 FG% 45.1
25.9 3PT FG% 35.7
95.7 FT% 76.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 33 21 9 0 3 6 0 2 8/19 2/7 3/3 0 9 39 -10
E. Kanter 27 20 9 0 0 1 3 0 7/11 0/0 6/6 4 5 27 -13
C. Lee 34 18 3 0 1 0 1 3 6/11 2/4 4/4 1 2 21 -10
J. Jack 28 2 3 8 0 0 3 2 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 18 -7
L. Thomas 14 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 8 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 33 21 9 0 3 6 0 2 8/19 2/7 3/3 0 9 39 -10
E. Kanter 27 20 9 0 0 1 3 0 7/11 0/0 6/6 4 5 27 -13
C. Lee 34 18 3 0 1 0 1 3 6/11 2/4 4/4 1 2 21 -10
J. Jack 28 2 3 8 0 0 3 2 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 18 -7
L. Thomas 14 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 8 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 23 18 7 0 0 3 2 3 6/11 1/1 5/6 5 2 26 +8
T. Hardaway Jr. 25 16 4 1 0 0 0 1 5/10 2/7 4/4 0 4 22 +1
K. O'Quinn 11 2 6 1 0 0 1 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 4 9 +3
D. McDermott 10 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 3 -5
R. Baker 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 3 +11
F. Ntilikina 19 0 3 7 1 0 3 1 0/6 0/4 0/0 0 3 15 +1
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 99 45 22 5 12 14 15 35/82 7/27 22/23 12 33 191 -30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 33 23 6 10 1 0 2 2 9/21 2/7 3/3 1 5 48 +11
J. Green 26 18 13 3 1 0 0 3 6/15 3/5 3/4 7 6 38 +7
D. Brooks 31 17 5 1 2 0 3 3 6/11 3/6 2/3 2 3 23 +16
D. Davis 24 8 4 0 1 0 3 2 4/6 0/0 0/0 1 3 10 +10
A. Harrison 22 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 1/5 0/2 1/2 0 2 7 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 33 23 6 10 1 0 2 2 9/21 2/7 3/3 1 5 48 +11
J. Green 26 18 13 3 1 0 0 3 6/15 3/5 3/4 7 6 38 +7
D. Brooks 31 17 5 1 2 0 3 3 6/11 3/6 2/3 2 3 23 +16
D. Davis 24 8 4 0 1 0 3 2 4/6 0/0 0/0 1 3 10 +10
A. Harrison 22 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 1/5 0/2 1/2 0 2 7 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Martin 30 17 6 1 1 1 0 2 8/15 1/3 0/0 2 4 27 -5
I. Rabb 14 8 2 0 0 1 1 3 4/4 0/0 0/1 1 1 10 0
M. Chalmers 21 4 3 3 3 0 1 1 0/3 0/1 4/4 0 3 15 +6
J. Ennis III 20 4 3 3 0 0 0 2 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 2 13 -8
W. Selden Jr. 13 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 0 0 5 -4
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Henry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 105 44 23 9 3 11 19 41/91 10/28 13/17 15 29 196 +30