The Knicks made 11 of their first 15 shots to lead 32-19 at the end of the first quarter, and it seemed that the Grizzlies couldn’t find the basket. The Grizzlies kept scrapping though, taking what was at once a 43-25 deficit and closing it to 57-49 at halftime. The Knicks then used a huge third quarter run to string up a 16 point lead midway through the third, but again the Grizzlies chipped it to 5 by the end of the quarter.
The forth quarter was a nip and tuck affair. The Grizzlies played hack-a-Noah and used some pressure defense to close the gap and late in the 4th trailed only by a bucket 87-85. Unfortunately, the Knicks parlayed a Porzingis three and Derrick Rose drive into a 12-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Grizzlies player of the game
Marc Gasol had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. He didn’t have a good night from the field (5-15) but he converted all 9 of his attempts from the line.
Other Grizzly stat lines
Mike Conley played limited minutes as part of coach Fizdale’s plan to reduce minutes for the Grizzlies stars on back to backs. He finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 23 minutes. A few others include:
James Ennis: 16 PTS/4 REBS/1 AST/27MINS
JaMychal Green: 10 PTS/8 REBS/5-12 FGM-FGA
Zach Randolph: 13 PTS/ 9 REBS/ 2 ASTS
Jarell Martin: 13 PTS/ 3 REBS/ 5-9 FGM-FGA
Knicks stat lines
For the Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis led all scorers with 21 points on 7-11 shooting, with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Carmelo Anthony had 20 points (on 5-15 shooting) with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Other notable Knicks include:
Courtney Lee 16 PTS/3 REBS/1 AST
Joakim Noah: 6 PTS/10 REBS/7 ASTS
Derrick Rose: 13 PTS/4 REBS/3 ASTS
Kyle O’ Quinn 11 PTS/6 REBS/2 ASTS
Play of the night
Sorry y’all but this was vintage D-Rose.
According to reports, the Knicks posted pictures of Zach Randolph (back from his Knicks tenure) on the Grizzlies visitor’s locker room door before the game... Speaking of Z-Bo, he passed Rudy Gay for third all time in Grizzlies history in games played (479). Mike Conley heads this list and Marc Gasol is 2nd.... Chandler Parsons, Brandan Wright, and Tony Allen were all unavailable for the game..... Coach Fizdale’s minutes restriction for the Grizzlies next game will now likely slide over to Marc Gasol....
The Grizzlies go home to play the Wizards on Sunday for their first back-to-back of the season. The Knicks will head to Detroit to face the Knicks on Tuesday, the first of a 3 games in 4 nights set.
Until next time Grizz fans, keep grinding.