NBA Game Summary - New York at Memphis
(Wednesday, March 1)
Final Score: Memphis 101, New York 99
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Pau Gasol's jumper with 2.7 seconds left lifted the Memphis Grizzlies over the New York Knicks, 101-99, at FedEx Forum.
Gasol ended with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Memphis, which has won two straight after losing three in a row. Chucky Atkins added 21 points and Eddie Jones had 20 for the Grizzlies, who shot over 50 percent from behind the arc for the game. Jones and Atkins hit a combined 8-of-14 three- pointers.
Stephon Marbury had 25 points and 13 assists for the Knicks, who have dropped five in a row and 21 of their last 23 contests. Steve Francis added 19 points for New York, which guaranteed itself of its fourth straight losing season with the setback.
The game was close the entire fourth quarter. Memphis extended to a six-point lead, 91-85, after consecutive three-pointers by Jones with the final one coming just under the midway mark.
The Knicks answered with a 9-1 surge to take the lead. Francis and Marbury combined for all nine points during the run, which Marbury capped with 3 1/2 minutes remaining for a 94-92 lead.
Gasol immediately answered with a bucket to again tie the contest and the two teams basically exchanged baskets the rest of the way.
With 44.7 second left, Gasol drained a pair of free throws to give Memphis a 99-97 edge.
New York then tied the game with 25.9 remaining when David Lee dunked a feed from Francis.
However, Gasol found himself with the ball coming off a pick and roll on the other end with the shorter Marbury guarding him. Gasol calmly hit the baseline jumper over Marbury with 2.7 remaining for the 101-99 lead.
Francis had a chance to tie the game, but his long jumper bounced off the rim as time expired.
New York shot 55.7 percent from the field for the game, but still dropped its 12th straight on the road.
The Knicks led 24-20 after one quarter and 49-47 going into halftime. Memphis rallied to go ahead 74-72 heading into the fourth.
The Grizzlies scored 27 points in each of the final three quarters...Marbury had just one turnover...New York fell to 4-25 on the road this season...Memphis improved to 19-9 at home.
03/01 22:56:33 ET