The Knicks were defeated by the Grizzlies by a score of 98-93 tonight in Memphis.
This was a roller coaster game. They were down by 11 at the half and charged in the 3rd. The Knicks finally tied it up during the first few minutes of the 4th quarter.
The end of the game was much closer. The Knicks led by 3 at the 2 minute mark but the Grizzlies crawled back in. J.R. Smith missed a wide open corner 3 which was set up by Carmelo Anthony’s penetration and a minute later, Pablo Prigioni missed his open 3.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was truly fantastic for the Knicks tonight. After starting 0 for 3, he erupted in the 2nd half, scoring 23 points and shooting just under 50% from both the field and behind the arc.
Mike Miller killed the Knicks over and over in this game. Every time he was given an inch, he drained a 3-point shot. He was 5 for 7 from behind the arc. Mike Conley added 22 in the win.
Mike Woodson finally mixed up his rotation. During the key minutes of the 4th quarter, Prigioni and Hardaway Jr. were on the court instead of Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton. Those two played just 20 and 29 minutes respectively.
Harris DeckerThis was actually a great basketball game. Unfortunately at this point in the season, you can’t settle for these type of games. The Knicks were down by as many as 18 and came back, looking very strong during runs in the 4th quarter.
Pablo Prigioni ran the point for the Knicks during the key moments of this game. He had 10 assists tonight in addition to his 7 points and a steal. It was really nice to see Mike Woodson trying to mix things up. He played the hot hand in Tim Hardaway Jr. over Iman Shumpert and sat Felton the entire 4th quarter.
Speaking of Hardaway Jr., he was fantastic in the 2nd half of this game. He was hitting shot after shot and many of them were contested. He even hit a 3 while being knocked to the floor by 3 different Grizzlies, adding a free throw to make it a 4-point play.
The surprising part about this game was that the Grizzlies should have been able to beat the Knicks up on the boards and in the paint with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. While those two got off to good starts, it was Mike Conley and Mike Miller that ended up hurting the Knicks in the end. The Knicks actually had 1 more rebound in the game.
It’s a killer loss wrapped in a great basketball game.
The Knicks continue their road trip tomorrow against the New Orleans Pelicans at 8pm.