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