Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 108, Grizzlies 101
By Ian Begley
It's nowhere near as long as the Miami Heat's [UPDATE: Actually, it's longer now], but the New York Knicks have quietly put together a nice little winning streak.
New York won its sixth straight game on Wednesday, 108-101 over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Knicks controlled things from the opening tip, leading by 12 after the first quarter, and by as many as 30 in the second quarter.
The Grizzlies cut the lead to 10 midway through the fourth and five with 1:38 left.
But Jason Kidd all but sealed the win with a 3-pointer with 1:16 to play.
J.R. Smith had a game-high 35 points for the Knicks, who improved to 11-6 on the second game of back-to-backs this season. Smith also carried the Knicks on Tuesday with 32 points in their win over the Boston Celtics. Not bad for a guy coming off the bench.
NO SLUMP FOR SHUMP:Iman Shumpert set the tone early for the Knicks with 13 points in the first quarter.
He hit all five of his shots in the first 12 minutes, including three from beyond the arc.
He ended the night with 16 points and surprisingly played just 5:30 in the second half.
Carmelo Anthony had 22 points but didn't shoot it particularly well for the second straight night. He went 8-for-20 against Memphis and 10-for-30 against Boston.
GRIZZLIES LACK BITE: The Grizzlies didn't resemble the team that handed the Knicks their first loss of the season after a 6-0 start in November.
Memphis big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol dominated the first matchup but combined for just 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting on Wednesday. Gasol played through a strained abdominal muscle that forced him to miss the two previous games.
Memphis' guards weren't much better. The Grizzlies missed 14 of 20 3-pointers and had 17 turnovers, which led to 21 Knicks points.
CAMBY TOSSED:Marcus Camby was ejected after arguing a foul call with the referees in the third quarter. Anthony also picked up a technical in the fourth.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will likely have the day off Thursday to prepare for home games against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday and Boston Celtics on Sunday.