Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/20

Game 1: Thursday, December 20th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 19th

Knicks 101

(26-40, 8-23 away)

    7:00 PM ET, March 19, 2002

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 29 17 22 33101
    MEM 29 16 31 1692

    Top Performers

    NY: K. Thomas 18 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mem: T. Massenburg 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Blk

    Sprewell sparks Knicks' fourth-quarter rally

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The New York Knicks haven't given up on their season, as they proved when they were down 10 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night.

    Latrell Sprewell

    Latrell Sprewell scored 23 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and the Knicks outscored the Memphis Grizzlies 26-7 in the final seven minutes for a 101-92 victory Tuesday night.

    Sprewell was not alone in the fourth quarter onslaught. Charlie Ward scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth, while Allan Houston had 10 of his team-high 26 in the final period.

    The trio scored all 26 points in the final New York run.

    "Allan got us going," Sprewell said. "He hit some big shots and got us back in the game. Once we started cutting into the lead, I think we picked it up effectively. We contested shots and got steals down the stretch."

    Memphis guard Jason Williams was more direct.

    "They came and took the win from us in the fourth quarter," he said.

    Kurt Thomas added 18 points and 16 rebounds for New York.

    New York has won three of its last four, while Memphis dropped its fourth straight. The Grizzlies have lost 13 of their last 15.

    The Knicks, who trailed 85-75 with just over seven minutes to play, went on a run of 17 unanswered points to lead 92-85 on a three-point play by Sprewell with 3:57 remaining.

    Memphis went four minutes without a point during that stretch.

    "We lost a little bit of our concentration. Our energy was low," said Memphis forward Pau Gasol. "It's happening more. Everybody can see our energy just goes down in the fourth."

    Tony Massenburg led Memphis with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams added 17 points and 10 assists but committed eight of the Grizzlies' 17 turnovers. Shane Battier added 14, and Gasol finished with 13 points and matched Massenburg's 11 boards.

    The Knicks led 46-45 at the half behind Thomas' 12 points and 11 by Sprewell. While Houston scored 10 of his points in the first half, he was 3-of-10 from the field, missing all three 3-point attempts.

    Memphis went on a 14-3 run in the third quarter to build its first double-digit lead, 65-55. The Grizzlies shot 72 percent in the quarter, missing only five of 18 shots, and carried a 76-68 lead into the fourth.

    They still led by double digits before going on the scoreless streak that gave the Knicks the lead for good.

    The collapse was similar to the Grizzlies' 103-97 loss to Boston last Friday when Memphis blew an eight-point lead in the final two minutes. Memphis coach Sidney Lowe said the Grizzlies seemed to lose their team approach during the Knicks rally.

    "I told the guys we are not good enough to take on someone and take it over by ourselves," Lowe said. "Individually, we are just not that good."

    Game notes

    WNBA president Val Ackerman was at the game as part of the Grizzlies' Girls Night Out promotion. Ackerman said there is no anticipated move to put a team in the Memphis market, but the idea could receive more consideration when the Grizzlies have several more years in the city and move into a new arena. ... Memphis G Brevin Knight missed his 11th game of the last 13 with a series of ailments, the latest being foot problems. ...Shandon Anderson entered the game in the first quarter, marking his 401st consecutive game, the longest streak in the NBA. ... Gasol recorded his team-leading 29th double-double for Memphis, while Massenburg had his third. ... It was Thomas's 22nd double-double for the Knicks. ... The Knicks had lost eight of nine road games before Tuesday night's win.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 92
    FGM-FGA 33-83 (.398) 39-79 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 8-23 (.348) 4-8 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 27-29 (.931) 10-13 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-43 10-48
    Assists 21 24
    Turnovers 10 17
    Steals 10 4
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 3 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 20 (4/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Kurt Thomas Thomas
    Points: 18
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 1
    Tony Massenburg Massenburg
    Points: 19
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1