Memphis Grizzlies vs New York Knicks recap
After Saturday’s staggering 29 point loss to the Nuggets in Denver, no doubt the Grizzlies were looking to redeem themselves when they returned home Monday night to face off against the Knicks. With a final score of 105-83, I think we can safely say they accomplished that goal.
Once again the Grizzlies were missing Zach Randolph, sidelined for the 8th consecutive game with a sore knee, while the Knicks were without a number of players, including star small forward Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani, Samuel Dalembert, and Amare Stoudemire.
Shortly before tipoff it was announced that the Knicks would trade JR Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers, so naturally they were also missing from the New York roster.
Memphis did see the return of backup point guard and former Knick Beno Udrih, who suffered a leg contusion and did not play Saturday against the Nuggets.
Jarnell Stokes had his first appearance in the starting lineup for his NBA career, filling in for Randolph.
The first quarter started out with the Grizzlies going on a 9-2 scoring run in the first 4 minutes of play. The rest of the quarter there was a steady back and forth but the Grizzlies still easily outscored the Knicks 14-21.
Moving into the second quarter, the Knicks picked up a bit of momentum and started to gain some ground against the lead and managed in the first few minutes to tie the score at 29. It would be the closest that New York would cut it, and the Grizzlies quickly pulled ahead and stayed there for the remainder of the half, and ultimately the game.
Heading into halftime the Grizzlies lead was back up to 11, and Vince Carter closed out the quarter with a clutch 3 point make. Carter was 2-2 for the night from beyond the arc, with both of those occurring in the second quarter.
After the break, the Grizzlies came into the 3rd quarter and did that thing where they come out and just run all over the opposing team. There was a little something for everybody, with three point makes from Conley, Courtney Lee, and we even saw the rare and elusive Tony Allen three pointer. Marc Gasol racked up 6 of his 14 points for the night as well. By the end of the period, the Grizzlies had outscored the Knicks 37-26, and stretched their lead to 22 points.
At that point it was all over but the shouting, but to their credit this Knicks team still played hard throughout the 4th. They were still putting in effort right up to the final buzzer, which is something I have to respect.
Final score: Memphis- 105, New York- 83
The Grizzlies will be on the road again this week, heading to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Wednesday night. That game tips off at 6:30 CST.