NBA Game Summary - New York at Memphis|
(Tuesday, February 18th)
Final Score: Memphis 98, New York 93
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley made an impact in his return
from injury, recording nine of his 22 points in the final five minutes to help
lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 98-93 victory over the New York Knicks at
Conley, who had missed the Grizzlies' last seven games with a sprained right
ankle, went just 6-of-15 from the field, but came up huge down the stretch as
Memphis closed out the contest on a 13-3 run to prevail.
Mike Miller also had a big hand in the Grizzlies' 15th triumph in their last
19 outings, pouring in a season-high 19 points off the bench while hitting 5-
of-7 attempts from 3-point range.
"I thought we really gutted it out the last six minutes," said Grizzlies head
coach Dave Joerger. "We just made a lot of plays."
The Knicks battled back from a 13-point halftime deficit before ultimately
being dealt a sixth loss in seven games. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 of his 23
points after the break to lead the comeback effort.
Carmelo Anthony, fresh off a dazzling 30-point effort in Sunday's All-Star
Game, finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for New York.
The Knicks' second-half surge resulted in a 90-85 lead following two Anthony
free throws with 2:39 left, but Conley knocked down a pair of foul shots on
the ensuing possession before Zach Randolph posted up and scored after
Hardaway misfired from long range, with the bucket bringing the Grizzlies
within one with 1:51 remaining.
Courtney Lee then came up with a stellar defensive play for Memphis, rejecting
J.R. Smith underneath the basket to force a turnover. Conley penetrated into
the lane on the Grizzlies' next trip and sunk a go-ahead runner with 1:18 to
"The plays that Mike Conley made and just gutted it out, he was fantastic down
the stretch," Joerger stated.
A Hardaway three put New York back on top, but Randolph found a wide-open
Miller and the veteran buried a trey from the top of the key to give Memphis a
94-93 edge with 45.9 seconds showing.
After Smith air-balled a corner 3-point try after Anthony kicked the ball out
to him, Conley drained two more free throws to lengthen the lead to three
points. Both Hardaway and Pablo Prigioni failed on beyond-the-arc shots that
would have forced overtime before Lee sealed the win with two foul shots with
4.8 ticks left.
"I thought we played great in the second half," said Knicks head coach Mike
Woodson. "We were [15 points] down, we just kept chipping away. "We just
couldn't make the plays that we needed to."
Conley's jumper to begin the second half staked Memphis to a 52-37 advantage,
but the Grizzlies went cold over the rest of the third quarter to allow the
Knicks to close the gap. Tyson Chandler netted the first five points of a 10-2
surge that pulled New York within 56-53 midway through the session, and it was
a one-point game after Raymond Felton followed a Hardaway layup to make the
score 60-59 with 3:25 left in the period.
The Grizzlies curtailed the momentum with six straight points, but a Hardaway
three and Anthony's outside jumper cut Memphis' advantage to 66-64 entering
New York kept charging, with Hardaway hitting two more threes and Anthony
another during a 16-4 burst that sent the Knicks in front by an 82-76 score
with 6:17 to play.
Earlier, Memphis built a 22-17 lead after one quarter on the strength of its
defense, holding Anthony to only one point and the Knicks to a 7-of-21 success
rate from the floor over the opening period. The Grizzlies then turned it up
on the offensive end in the second to move ahead comfortably.
Miller tallied eight points to lead a 10-4 push to begin the frame, and
Memphis strung together an 11-2 run later in the quarter to extend the margin
to 45-27 with four minutes left in the half.
The Grizzlies shot a strong 64.7 percent for the second stanza, though New
closed it out well to trim its deficit to 50-37 at the break following
Anthony's successful layup just prior to the buzzer.
Smith, playing with a protective mask after fracturing his cheekbone at
Oklahoma City nine days ago, managed just four points on 2-of-8 shooting ...
Memphis swept the season series with New York, having previously earned a
95-87 decision at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 21 ... Randolph finished with
13 points and eight rebounds ... The Grizzlies went 6-of-12 on 3-point tries
and outscored New York 42-32 in the paint.
02/18 23:59:57 ET