NBA Game Summary - Memphis at New York
(Saturday, February 27th)
Final Score: Memphis 120, New York 109
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph poured in 31 points and pulled down a career-high 25 rebounds, as the Memphis Grizzlies used a late surge to take down the New York Knicks, 120-109, at Madison Square Garden.
Rudy Gay added 27 points and five rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have won four in a row on the road for the first time since January 1-19, 2005. Marc Gasol donated 25 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists, while Mike Conley tallied 18 points and five assists for the victors.
"What can you say about Zach (Randolph). Thirty-one and 25 and he probably would've had more [rebounds] if guys weren't taking rebounds from him because he can't jump," Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins joked.
Al Harrington finished with 31 points off the bench for the Knicks, who have dropped six in a row at home. David Lee added 21 points and seven rebounds. Eddie House ended with 15 points off the bench for New York, which snapped an eight-game skid on Friday with a 118-116 overtime victory over Washington.
New York guard Tracy McGrady had zero points in just over 15 minutes of action in the first half. He sat on the bench for the entire second half due to a sore left knee.
"Actually I was [feeling some pain], tonight was pretty tough on me," McGrady said. "I felt that in the beginning. Usually in the first half I'm pretty good but tonight even the first couple of trips up the court I noticed that this wasn't my night."
Trailing 107-99 near the midway point of the fourth, the Knicks ripped off eight consecutive points to tie the contest. Sergio Rodriguez and Danilo Gallinari made three-pointers around a Harrington jumper to make it 107-107 with 4:04 to play.
The Grizzlies then fought right back with an 11-0 run to claim victory. Randolph had five points during the flurry, which Conley capped with a layup for a 118-107 margin with 34.6 seconds left. New York went 0-for-7 from the field during that stretch.
Lee made a jumper and Marcus Williams made a pair of free throws in the final seconds to account for the final score.
The Grizzlies came out of the gates on fire, starting the game on a 21-7 run. New York was able to chip away at its deficit and trailed 31-23 after 12 minutes.
The Knicks opened the second quarter on a 17-8 burst to go in front. Harrington tallied five points during the stretch, which Rodriguez ended with a layup to make it a 40-39 contest with over 5 1/2 minutes left.
Memphis finished the first half on a small 5-1 spurt to grab a 56-52 lead at the break.
New York scored the final seven points of the third to take an 88-85 edge into the fourth.
This was the first meeting between the two clubs this season. New York swept the home-and-home season series a year ago...The Knicks haven't won at home since February 3 against the Wizards...Memphis shot 51.7 percent from the field, while the Knicks made 50.6 percent of their shots.
02/28 00:02:26 ET