The Knicks have lost back to back games to the Indiana Pacers, so I know they were happy to play someone new. New York is sitting as the six seed in the East as Memphis is looking to hold on to the eighth spot in the West.
The New York Knicks (35-32) hosted the Memphis Grizzlies (37-32) for the first time this season, but for the second meeting of their two game season series. The Knicks won the last time these two teams met 110-108, but this game did not allow it to stay that close with a 120-99 victory.
New York took the early lead 11-9 on a Billups jumper, and Memphis scored four straight points to tie the game up at 11. Randolph made a bucket and Allen made a pair of free-throws to give the Grizzlies a four point lead 15-11.
The Knicks tried to bounce back as Melo made a 3-pointer to get them within two, but a Conley 3-pointer gave Memphis a four point lead. Memphis went on a 6-2 spurt to give them a 29-23 lead, the Knicks ties it up with less than .40 seconds left with back-to-back 3-pointers by Anthony and Roger Mason (6 points).
Douglas gave the Knicks a four point lead with back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second. The Knicks continued to try and build on the lead, but could not get a lead bigger than four. Arthur scored on a jumper as the Grizzlies scored eight quick points to take a 41-39 lead. Jefferies tied it up, but Douglas hit another 3-pointer to give the Knicks the 44-41 lead.
The game was tied up at 44 and the Knicks went on a 10-2 run that gave them a nine point lead off another 3-pointer by Douglas. The Grizzlies cut the Knicks lead down to five, but Douglas made a 3-pointer to push it up to eight. Melo finished the half with a pair of free-throws to give the Knicks a 59-51 lead.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 16 points, and 6 assists. Tony Allen and Zach Randolph both had 14 points apiece, and Sam Young chipped in with 11 points.
The Grizzlies had Darrell Arthur come the bench with 15 points and Shane Battier also came off the bench to score 11 points.
The Knicks big three did not score much as Carmelo Anthony lead them with 28 points, with Chauncey Billups scoring 18 points with eight assists. Amare Stoudemire scores 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Toney Douglas came off the bench to score 29 points on 9-12 shooting from behind the arc. The Knicks set a franchise-record with 20 3-pointers, and Douglas match Latrell Sprewell and John Starks on the individual game list.
New York clamped down on defense as they began to light it up from the arc, and basically all over. The Knicks went on a 13-3 run that had Billups and Landry Fields (8 points) scoring on 3-pointers. Billups scored eight points in that run alone, and then gave the Knicks a 15 point lead on another 3-pointer and a technical free-throw after Conley made a jumper for the Grizz.
It was three minutes left and Douglas hit a 3-pointer to make it a 15 point game and force the Grizz to take a timeout. Memphis went on a 6-0 spurt to cut it to nine with 1:15 left. Shawne Williams (9 points) hit a 3-pointer and Douglas hit back-to-back threes to close out the quarter and give the Knicks a 92-74 lead.
The fourth quarter began and Memphis scored four quick points to get the game at 92-78. Williams made a three-point play and a 3-pointer to push the lead to 20 points, and it was over after that. Memphis tried to keep it close, but the Knicks were on a fire and with Fields and Melo hitting 3-pointers. With .17 sconds left Douglas set the team record and tied the individual record with his last 3-pointer.