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 two scorers that had dropped them under .500.

Porzingis came back from his sprained right ankle and illness, but the Knicks announced Tuesday that Hardaway had a stress injury in his lower left leg and had begun a treatment and rehabilitation plan. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Marc Gasol had 17 points and 8 rebounds for the Grizzlies (8-16), who were…

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