Short-handed Knicks cruise past Jazz

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NEW YORK — J.R. Smith scored 24 points and the New York Knicks shook off the absence of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire to rout the slumping Utah Jazz 113-84 on Saturday night.

Steve Novak added a season-high 20 points for the Knicks.

Alec Burks scored 14 points and Gordon Hayward had 13 for the Jazz, who completed a 0-4 road trip that dropped them into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Utah played without starting forward Paul Millsap because of right knee inflammation.

GRIZZLIES 96, HORNETS 85

In Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley scored 22 points, seven Memphis players finished in double figures and the Grizzlies won their fourth in a row.

Tony Allen had 14 points, while Tayshaun Prince and Quincy Pondexter scored 13 points apiece. Ed Davis had 12 points, nine rebounds and matched his career best with five blocks as Memphis won its 12th game in the last 13.

Anthony Davis led the Hornets with 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Ryan Anderson scored 17 points. Greivis Vasquez added 12 points and eight assists, and Eric Gordon had 11 points.

WIZARDS 104, BOBCATS 87

In Washington, Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 26 points as the Wizards knocked off Charlotte.

The Wizards never trailed and shot 50 percent as they handed the Bobcats their 10th consecutive loss.

Kemba Walker scored 29 points for Charlotte.


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