Going into Friday night’s game , the New York Knicks were undefeated and the only such team in the NBA. That isn’t the case anymore as the Grizzlies won their seventh straight game 105-95 to improve to 7-1. It is the first time in franchise history the Grizzlies have ever had the best record in the league.
The Knicks took a 13-11 lead in the first quarter, and briefly took a 37-36 lead midway through the second quarter. They would not lead again. Memphis took a 29-25 lead in the first quarter, and were up 54-49 at halftime. Both teams were hot shooting in the first half. The Knicks were 57% from the field and the Grizzlies were 54% shooting. However, the Grizzlies opened the third quarter on a 23-7 run to go up by 21 and take control of the game. The Knicks pulled to within 85-67 at the end of the third, but wouldn’t get closer than 8 points in the fourth. The Grizzlies held on for the 105-95 win. It was their 15th straight home win in the regular season dating back to last year.
New York shot 51.4% from the field, and were 5/19 from three point range. The Knicks made 16 of 21 free throws. New York had 34 rebounds, 18 assists, 7 steals, 6 blocks, and 13 turnovers. The Knicks had 8 fast break points and 42 points in the paint.
Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony had 20 points, 3 rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Guard Raymond Felton scored 18 points, along with 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Forward Rasheed Wallace scored 13 points, along with 4 rebounds and 3 blocks. Guard J.R. Smith added 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists off the bench. Jason Kidd had 8 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Tyson Chandler added 7 points and 7 rebounds.
Memphis shot 48.7% from the field including 5/15 from 3 point range. The Grizzlies made 26 of 32 free throws. The Grizzlies had 35 rebounds (12 offensive), 15 assists, 7 steals, 6 blocks and 14 turnovers. Memphis had 14 fast break points and 42 points in the paint.
Center Marc Gasol led all scorers with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds. He was facing a possible suspension from the league because of an altercation Wednesday night with Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins. Forward Rudy Gay had 17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists, and 4 blocks. Guard Mike Conley , Jr. had 16 points, 8 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.
Next up for the Grizzlies is a potential trap game at Charlotte tomorrow night. It is a dangerous game not because the Bobcats are a good team, but after three emotional wins by double digits over Miami, OKC, and New York, the Grizzlies could be looking ahead. The Grizzlies start a 5 game home stand Monday against Denver.