MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Tyreke Evans had 23 points, including three free throws in the closing seconds, along with 10 assists to lift the Memphis Grizzlies over the New York Knicks 105-99 on Wednesday night.
JaMychal Green added 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dillon Brooks and Jarell Martin added 17 points each to help Memphis win its second straight.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 21 points, while Enes Kanter finished with 20, including 18 in the first half. Courtney Lee and Michael Beasley had 18 points each.
Memphis played without starting center Marc Gasol, who sat out with an illness. >> Read more
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Where do we even start on this one? First off, you just cannot lose to a 14-28 team who is playing without its two star players. The Knicks are better than the Grizzlies, especially without Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
This was an embarrassing effort and an awful road loss. What made it even worse? They found their way back into the game to the point they got a 18-point deficit down to three. If losing to the Grizzlies wasn't infuriating enough, the refs were atrocious down the stretch, which made any comeback even more difficult. First off, how bad was that Porzingis loose ball foul call in the final minute? Lee made a deep three to get the lead down to three. The Knicks got a stop and got the rebound with 25 seconds left, but on the rebound, the refs made a just god awful call on Porzingis that reset the shot clock and forced the Knicks to have to foul or go for a steal and hope for missed free throws.
Just when it looked over for the Knicks, they nearly forced a steal, and a jump ball was called. The first one should have been a violation on the Grizzlies, which should have given the Knicks the ball down three. Instead, the three blind refs decided to re-do the jump, and Lee was a bit frustrated, but didn't say enough to warrant a technical foul. Derrick Stafford gave him a technical, which was just brutal, especially in the final 20 seconds of a tight game. The Grizzlies made the free throw and won the jump ball, and the rest was history.
With all that being said, the Knicks aren't going to be in a playoff race when they can't beat an awful Grizzlies roster right now. This team is so inconsistent and has a head coach who just fails to make adjustments. Trey Burke and Willy Hernangomez didn't see the floor tonight. Ron Baker didn't see the court until the last few minutes of the third quarter. We're past the halfway points and there's guys not playing who should be. Play the youth. You're 20-25 and have nothing to lose. Maybe someone else will give you a spark for once. This team is a nightmare to watch right now. Let's see if they can beat the 17-26 Jazz in Utah Friday.
The Jazz will host the Knicks on Friday at 10:30 p.m.