Knicks Stay Hot, Beat Grizzlies 110-108

With the way things were going who would have thought it would have come down to the last shot. The Knicks controlled this game for most of the night, leading by 17 at one point, until a a 10-0 run by the Grizzlies tied the game up at 108 with 14 seconds left. Luckily, the Knicks new star player stepped up, as Carmelo Anthony made a clutch shot over Tony Allen to give the Knicks the victory.

The win over the Grizzlies was huge. The Grizzlies have been playing real well lately, winning 17 of their last 23, including a big victory over Dallas. In addition, the Grizzlies are a big team that wins games by banging bodies and playing good defense, a team the new-look Knicks are supposed to struggle with.

Possibly my favorite stat-line in this game is the 31 assists the Knicks had. Earlier the team was having problems spreading the ball around. Now it seems like everyone is getting in on the action. I will admit they aren’t perfect yet, and I think those 17 turnovers indicate that, but they have been a lot better since they started distributing.

A big part of this has been the emergence of Toney Douglas. Continuing his stellar play in place of Chauncey, Douglas dished ten assists, a new career-high. Like I’ve mentioned before, we all know he can shoot, drive to the basket and play defense. What we need to see him do is distribute the ball. Great to see him come through tonight.

Also it was nice to see the Knicks efforts on the boards. The Grizzlies are a big team and a good rebounding team, yet they had no real advantage over the Knicks with New York pulling down 30 rebounds to the Grizzlies 31. Just a great effort.

With the win and the Sixers loss the Knicks have some breathing room in the sixth spot, and are only 2.5 games out of fifth. Let’s hope they continue this stellar play tomorrow night in Dallas.

 

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