Knicks hold on to beat Curry's Warriors

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Mar 31 2014 01:30 PM | Updated as of Mar 31 2014 09:31 PM

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) shoots the ball as Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) defends in the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Photo by Cary Edmondson, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Knicks 89, Warriors 84

Amar'e Stoudemire converted two tie-breaking free throws after a wild sequence near the Golden State basket and forward Carmelo Anthony capped a 19-point performance with a late basket and two free throws as the New York Knicks recorded a key win in their playoff pursuit.

The win allowed the Knicks (31-43) to move within one game of Atlanta in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

After leading by as many as 12 points in the first half, Golden State (45-28) trailed the entire second half until Warriors point guard Stephen Curry buried a wide-open three-pointer for an 81-81 tie with 2:43 to go.

Curry, who finished with a game-high 32 points, then missed a pair of wild shots that led to Stoudemire being fouled and putting New York ahead for good.

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Trail Blazers 105, Grizzlies 98

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points as the Portland Trail Blazers mounted a big lead, then held on to beat Memphis and deliver a setback to the Grizzlies' playoff chase.

Aldridge led five double-figure scorers for the Trail Blazers, who led by 21 early in the fourth before holding on to win their third consecutive game.

With the win, Portland (48-27) expanded their lead on the fifth spot in the Western Conference, now two games ahead of Golden State.

With their second straight loss, the Grizzlies (43-30) have fallen to ninth place and are a half-game behind both Phoenix and Dallas.

Zach Randolph scored 21 points and Marc Gasol added 20 for the Grizzlies, who fell to 2-2 on a five-game road trip that ends Tuesday at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Lakers 115, Suns 99

Chris Kaman scored a season-high 28 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers surprised the Phoenix Suns with an upset win.

The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Suns (44-30), who dropped into a tie with the idle Dallas Mavericks for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

Phoenix, who had won four in a row over the Lakers (25-48), lost for the first time in four meetings with Los Angeles this season.

Gerald Green scored 22 points to lead the Suns.