Grizzlies 94 KNICKS 83 F | FEDEX FORUM
How it happened:
A frustrating evening in Memphis for the Knicks as the team finished a back-to-back set with a 94-83 loss to the Grizzlies. From the start, New York could not find its rhythm, considering Amar’e Stoudemire was sent to the bench at the 10:22 mark with two early fouls. Memphis built a 28-19 lead by the end of the first quarter and Rudy Gay had 18 of his 26 points by halftime. Carmelo Anthony could not avoid the injury bug on Thursday night, suffering a sprained left wrist with 6:58 remaining in the first quarter. The bad luck struck again at the 2:44 mark of the second quarter. Anthony sprained his right ankle with the Grizzlies holding a 43-34 lead and the All-Star did not return to the floor. The good news is that the subsequent X-rays turned out negative after the doctors evaluated his status in the locker room. Anthony finished with 14 points before the injury, Tyson Chandler grabbed 11 boards, and the Knicks hit 42.3 percent of their 3-point attempts. New York’s four-game winning streak was snapped and the team now sits at 6-5 on the season.
Bill Walker was the most efficient shooter for the Knicks on Thursday night. New York’s small forward jumped off the bench to score 14 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, and 4-of-7 behind the arc in 22 minutes. Throughout the game, Walker found space curling to the top of the 3-point and confidently stepping into long bombs.
Iman Shumpert recorded 12 points in 29 minutes of action. While the rookie struggled to establish himself on the offensive side of the floor, he was a pest defensively, recording four steals on the night.
Directly after the contest in Memphis, the Knicks jumped on a plane to Oklahoma City. The squad will face one of the top teams in the Western Conference, the Thunder, at 8 PM on Saturday on MSG Networks.