NYK 83, MEM 105: Shorthanded Knicks Fall to Grizzlies
How it Happened
With four of their top five scorers out of the lineup tonight in Memphis, the Knicks battled but fell to the Grizzlies, 105-83.
After Memphis jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the 1st quarter, the Knicks rallied back to tie the game at 22 but couldn't sustain the momentum as the Grizzlies took an 11-point lead into halftime. They used a 16-2 run in the 3rd quarter to put the game out of reach.
Quincy Acy (19 points and 14 rebounds) led four Knicks in double figures. Jose Calderon (13 points, six assists), Tim Hardaway Jr. (12 points) and Jason Smith (10 points, five rebounds) all contributed on the offensive end. Shane Larkin added eight assists.
Knick of the Night
Acy posted career highs in both points and rebounds in 31 minutes tonight. His shooting efficiency -- 7 for 8 from the field, including 2 for 3 from downtown -- was particularly impressive in this one.
For the third time in six games, the Knicks started the game with nine available players. In addition to Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, who sat out with knee injuries, Sam Dalembert and J.R. Smith were late scratches to the lineup. Stay tuned for official details on Smith and Dalember.
The Knicks fly to Washington to take on John Wall and the Wizards in a Christmas Day rematch on Wednesday.