Conley, Miller lead Grizzlies past Knicks, 98-93

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 18, 2014 at 11:43 pm •  Published: February 18, 2014
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies signed veteran Mike Miller during the offseason for his 3-point shooting.

It paid off big time Tuesday night.

Miller scored a season-high 19 points, and made a wide-open 3-pointer with 45.9 seconds remaining to help carry the Grizzlies to a 98-93 victory over the New York Knicks.

"That's what we got him for," said Memphis guard Mike Conley, who led the Grizzlies with 22 points. "He's going to win us four or five, six games throughout the year himself, just from making big plays down the stretch. Tonight was one of those games."

Miller shot 7 for 11 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, to help Memphis win its third straight. Miller's last-minute 3 gave the Grizzlies the lead for good as they scored the game's final seven points.

"I've been in a lot of these situations, and I was able to make some shots when we needed them," Miller said.

For the Knicks, Miller's late 3-pointer was frustrating not only from the sense that it caused New York to squander a comeback from 18 points down in the first half, but also cost them a key game as the Knicks fight for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

New York's Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, couldn't believe his team failed to close the game, particularly when seeing Miller uncontested for the 3-pointer that put Memphis ahead.

"All I saw was Mike Miller wide open and the ball was going," Anthony said before adding: "Once the ball was up, my thing was to just hope that he didn't keep his follow through up or something and the ball was going to miss. But he was wide open."

Zach Randolph scored 13 points for Memphis, Nick Calathes had 11 and Tayshaun Prince added 10.

Conley, who had missed the seven games before the All-Star break with a sprained right ankle, couldn't find a rhythm after the layoff and struggled in the first half before scoring 16 in the second half, including getting to the free throw line 10 times after intermission.

"I was real upset and frustrated at times," Conley said of the first half. "I was missing shots I normally make. I missed a couple of free throws, but I was happy with the way my body held up.

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