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Knicks 118, Grizzlies 104: Scenes from a potential fourth-quarter collapse prevented by Randall and Rose



The New York Knicks 2020-21 will officially end the season with a record over .500. They won this remarkable (for the new Knicks crop anyway) with a 118-104 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. The Knicks have won their last three games and 12 of their last 13.

New York set Memphis on fire beyond the three-point arc in the second quarter and survived Elfried Peyton’s minutes in the third. A quick 8-0 run to finish third (after Elf sat down, of course) gave the Knicks a 17-point lead aimed at fourth.

And they coughed almost everything. The Knicks’ foul became a stalemate, and the Grizzlies hit enough threes to draw five points with time left. Knicks desperately needed a bucket, and who better to answer than their MVP, Julius Randall?

Julius had a hard night of shooting, only 9-23 from the field, but the guy had a cash of three, hitting 5-8.

From that moment on, the game was determined by Derrick Rose’s late brilliance and Gris’s complete disintegration. Rose, who scored 25 points in the night, reached deep into her bag with tricks for a pair of clutch buckets.

Meanwhile, Grizzlies PG Ja Morant and head coach Captain What’s his name (I don’t watch so much nonsense at this time of night) were kicked out because they were complaining about something or other. In particular, RJ Barrett seems to enjoy pushing Ja.

I guess you can be called the third choice in a two-way scheme only so many times before you start to resent it. RJ finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a high game plus-21, proving once again that living well is the best revenge.

Summary to come. The Knicks continue to win.


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