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Knicks' 12th straight defeat matches franchise worst

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, right, blocks a

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, right, blocks a shot by New York Knicks center Jason Smith in the first half of an NBA game Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. Credit: AP / Brandon Dill

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Marc Gasol got a look at the skeleton of a team that would love to sign him this summer, but it's going to be hard to pry him from Memphis.

"He's not going anywhere," one Grizzlies player said.

Gasol has established himself in Memphis and is playing for a Western Conference power. It's hard to picture him leaving for the rebuilding Knicks, owners of the worst record in the NBA.

Their 105-83 loss Monday night was their franchise record-tying 12th straight defeat and dropped them to 5-32. They lost 12 in a row in 1984-85. The 76ers jumped ahead of the Knicks, improving to 5-28 with a win over Cleveland.

Playing without Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) for the third straight game, the Knicks have lost 22 of their last 23 games and have begun their roster shake-up.

Roughly 30 minutes before tip, J.R. Smith and Samuel Dalembert were pulled from the game. Smith and injured swingman Iman Shumpert were traded to Cleveland in a three-team deal, and Dalembert was waived to save $2 million.

The Knicks had only nine players available to face the Grizzlies, who were led by Mike Conley's 22 points. Quincy Acy had 19 for the Knicks.

Coach Derek Fisher was asked if he's concerned that this season is hurting the Knicks' chances at signing star players. "Free agency is a long way away from now," he said. "It has no bearing on the game. So where we end up at the end of this season, I can't get into the heads of guys that may or may not want to play here at this point.

"When we get to July and opportunity presents itself to talk to guys that might want to be here, we'll worry about that then. But right now, we just can't get ourselves caught up in the what-ifs."

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