NBA Game Summary - Memphis at New York
(Friday, March 21st)
Final Score: Memphis 120, New York 106
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Miller scored 34 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 120-106 victory over the sagging New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Miller buried 7-of-11 three-point attempts and finished the night a torrid 12- for-16 from the floor overall, while Rudy Gay added 24 points and seven boards. The Grizzlies shot 52 percent as a team en route to a second win in their last three outings, and also snapped their dubious 18-game road losing skid.
Jamal Crawford scored 22 points to lead New York, which erased a 19-point halftime margin only to see its efforts go to waste with a 16-point fourth quarter. The Knicks have now dropped three straight and nine of their last 10.
Facing a 69-50 deficit, New York came out of the locker room on fire, and scored the first 18 points of the second half to pull right back within one. David Lee scored eight points during the burst, and Wilson Chandler capped it with a lay-in, making it 69-68 with 7:50 to go in the third.
Memphis pushed its margin back out to as many as eight, but the Knicks again surged, tying the game at 90 on Mardy Collins' breakaway slam. After a pair of Kyle Lowry free throws, Memphis' lead was 92-90 going to the fourth.
New York went cold early on, and Miller's two free throws after being fouled on the break had the Grizzlies up 107-97 with 6:20 to go. The Knicks appeared to run out of gas as a result of their taxing comeback, and Memphis took advantage.
Hakim Warrick finished a three-point play to make it 110-99 with just under five minutes to go, and after Miller's baseline jumper and free throw, the lead was 14 with just over four left. The Knicks never threatened again.
Warrick totaled 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Juan Carlos Navarro had 17 and Mike Conley scored 11 to go with his six assists.
"They were being really aggressive on the offensive end and they were making shots," Conley said of the Knicks during their third-quarter run. "I thought we did a better job of withstanding that (surge), you know, they came back and tied it up and made a game of it. Then in the fourth quarter we had to get some stops and shut them out that quarter. If we win the quarter we win the game - we looked at it that way."
Lee finished with 16 and seven boards for New York, and Nate Robinson had 18 points and five steals before exiting in the fourth with an apparent leg injury.
"We don't want to lose any game, especially against them," Robinson said of Memphis, which came in with a dreadful 4-29 record on the road. "Every game, regardless, we've got to play hard. Unfortunately we didn't get the win."
Memphis led 33-28 after one quarter, behind 10 points apiece from Gay and Miller. New York closed within three by the 8:30 mark of the second after Lee threw down a dunk off a dish from Collins, but the Grizzlies embarked on a 17-4 run that gave them a 58-42 cushion with about 3 1/2 to go before intermission.
Chandler's lay-in capped a 6-0 Knicks spurt, but Miller buried three consecutive threes to send Memphis into the locker room holding a comfortable 69-50 advantage.
As a team, Memphis went 13-for-27 from three-point range; in addition to Miller's 7-for-11 effort, Navarro hit 4-of-10 while both Conley and Lowry each hit one...Chandler finished with 17 points and seven rebounds for New York, and Collins totaled 12 and five assists...New York never led in losing to Memphis at home for the first time since March 24, 2006...The Knicks' 40-point third-quarter output eqauled a season high.
03/21 23:57:01 ET