Knicks 99, Grizzlies 88: Courtney Lee and Kristaps Porzingis Lift Knicks to .500

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

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Courtney Lee scored 24 points and 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 from forward back to shooting guard in Tim Hardaway Jr.’s absence, Lee fell just short of his season high of 26 and was the catalyst in a big run to open the second half that largely determined the game.

Porzingis scored 12 points after halftime as the Knicks (12-12) rebounded from consecutive losses without their top…

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