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Ex-'Nole has hot hand as Knicks bury 20 3s

Toney Douglas, firing over Memphis’ Ishmael Smith, ties a Knicks record with nine 3-pointers.

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Toney Douglas, firing over Memphis’ Ishmael Smith, ties a Knicks record with nine 3-pointers.

NEW YORK — Toney Douglas lined up those loud green sneakers behind the arc one last time and let it fly. When the ball went through, the Knicks had to rewrite their record book.

Douglas, a former Florida State standout, tied a franchise record by making nine of the Knicks' franchise-record 20 3-pointers, scoring 29 in a 120-99 victory over the Grizzlies on Thursday that ended a three-game losing streak.

"Once I started hitting, I felt like there was no defense out there," Douglas said. "No matter if a man was on me, anything I threw up was going in."

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 for the Knicks, who were 20-for-36 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc.

The Knicks wore green uniforms for St. Patrick's Day, but Douglas' sneakers were the wrong shade of green, sort of like the Hulk. Everything else was nearly perfect, and his ninth 3-pointer, with 17 seconds left, gave the team a record total and allowed him to match Latrell Sprewell and John Starks on the individual game list.

"I love that color. I had two days of practice in them and everybody was like, 'Wow, those are really loud shoes,' " he said. "They're special shoes now."

The Knicks' previous record of 19 3s also came against the Grizzlies on Nov. 12, 2008.

Game highlights: Derrick Rose scored 21 and Bulls extended their longest winning streak in six years to eight games with an 84-73 victory over the host Nets. The Bulls took a half-game lead over idle Boston in the race for the best record in the East.

Around the league: The Bulls plan to unveil a bronze bust of Scottie Pippen during halftime against the Celtics on April 7. The team will permanently display the bust of the Hall of Famer at the United Center. … Grizzlies guard Jason Williams had an MRI exam on his back that revealed no structural damage. He continues to be listed as out with lower-back soreness.

Knicks 120, Grizzlies 99

MEMPHIS (99): Young 4-6 2-2 11, Randolph 6-11 2-2 14, Gasol 3-5 1-3 7, Conley 6-12 2-2 16, Allen 4-9 6-7 14, Battier 3-7 4-4 11, Mayo 1-7 0-0 2, Arthur 5-11 5-6 15, Vasquez 1-3 0-0 2, Powe 2-4 3-4 7, Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-76 25-30 99.

NEW YORK (120): Anthony 10-19 5-5 28, Stoudemire 6-12 4-4 16, Jeffries 2-2 1-3 5, Billups 5-9 6-6 18, Fields 3-10 0-0 8, Douglas 10-14 0-0 29, Turiaf 0-0 1-2 1, Sha.Williams 3-9 1-1 9, Mason 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 41-79 18-21 120.

Memphis 29 22 23 25— 99

New York 29 30 33 28— 120

3-Point GoalsMemphis 4-12 (Conley 2-3, Young 1-1, Battier 1-4, Allen 0-1, Mayo 0-1, Smith 0-1, Vasquez 0-1), N.Y. 20-36 (Douglas 9-12, Anthony 3-7, Fields 2-4, Billups 2-4, Mason 2-4, Sha.Williams 2-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 47 (Arthur 7), N.Y. 40 (Stoudemire 9). AssistsMemphis 22 (Conley 6), N.Y. 25 (Billups 8). Total FoulsMemphis 17, N.Y. 20. TechsYoung, Memphis bench, N.Y. three second. A19,763.

Bulls 84, Nets 73

CHICAGO (84): Deng 8-17 2-2 19, Thomas 2-3 0-0 4, Noah 2-6 1-2 5, Rose 8-23 5-6 21, Bogans 1-7 0-0 3, Asik 5-7 1-4 11, Brewer 0-4 0-2 0, Gibson 3-4 1-2 7, Watson 1-4 0-0 2, Korver 3-6 4-4 12. Totals 33-81 14-22 84.

NEW JERSEY (73): James 3-5 0-2 6, Humphries 5-12 3-6 13, Lopez 8-15 6-7 22, Williams 1-12 3-3 5, Morrow 3-10 0-0 8, Outlaw 2-5 0-0 4, Vujacic 6-12 0-0 13, Farmar 0-5 0-0 0, Petro 1-3 0-0 2, Gaines 0-4 0-0 0, Wright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-83 12-18 73.

Chicago 24 19 17 24— 84

New Jersey 20 16 14 23— 73

3-Point GoalsChicago 4-20 (Korver 2-5, Deng 1-2, Bogans 1-7, Watson 0-1, Rose 0-5), N.J. 3-19 (Morrow 2-6, Vujacic 1-4, Outlaw 0-1, Gaines 0-2, Williams 0-3, Farmar 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 61 (Asik 16), N.J. 55 (Humphries 16). AssistsChicago 19 (Noah 6), N.J. 22 (Williams 11). Total FoulsChicago 18, N.J. 17. TechnicalsN.J. defensive three second 2. A18,351.

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