The Knicks did not have a launch center at Nerlens Noel, and Alec Burks returned after a long absence from COVID-19, but the Knicks freight train rolled on its way to a 118- a season high of 44 points in the second quarter. 104 Blowout of the Grizzlies on Monday at FedExForum.
The hero was backup point guard Derrick Rose, who not only showed his MVP form from 10 years ago, but was also at the University of Memphis and the Tigers for the national championship game With some fans wearing his old « 23 » blue college jersey, Rose’s jump shot never looked truer and it hit three cars on the track to finish with a season high of 25 points. He’s shot 19 of 26 in his last two games.
Julius Randle added 28 points (5 of 8 on 3 pointers) and Burks hit his first four shots before pinching his ankle late.
That Game turned salty late when Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins and neutralized point guard Ja Morant were thrown out for fighting and getting the home crowd into a frenzy.
Smart, smart and tough, the Knicks have seven games left set a win record (37-28) when they won their 12th win in 13 games.
That craze started with a fourth quarter comeback against the Grizzlies on April 9th and no one knows when it will end. The Knicks western journey in six games starts 2-0, and Denver, Phoenix, the Clippers and Lakers are waiting for them.
The Knicks’ first winning season since 2012-13 was never planned for December – not even by Knicks GM Scott Perry and Senior Vice President William Wesley, who sat next to the team bench and soaked it all in. After the summer, Perry and Wesley congratulated trainer Tom Thibodeau.
After the Knicks missed their first six shots and fell 6-0, it was a pleasure to see the rest of the first half. Ball sharing, shot making, and a little quick break were at halftime on the Fast Grizzlies (69-58).
Morant, Memphis’ young stud point guard, was completely switched off (eight points, 2 against 12). Morant’s low came late in the third quarter when he tried to throw the ball off the backboard and into himself. Randle grabbed it instead and shot at Barrett for some left fast break stuff and an 87-75 lead.
The Knicks received a boost from the return of Burks. After missing eight straight games, Burks never missed a beat. Burks hit his first shot attempt after the start of the second quarter – a 3-pointer that went in, out, and back in.
Burks made all three of his shots for seven points in half and fed Obi Toppin for an alley-oop , collecting two assists.
The glowing rose was a monster from below, adding 15 points in 13:42 from the bench. Rose’s Springer continued to sizzle as he tapped 6 of 7 shots in the break.
Randle hit a 3-pointer in the first half to put the Knicks in the lead to 69-58 at halftime. With that they reached a second quarter with 44 points – a season high.
They finished the half with 11 of 18 from 3-point-range – a shock for the experts of the previous season, who projected 3-point-shots, would be you Downfall.
The Grizzlies got off to a hot start when the burly center Jonan Valanciunas triggered an early lead when the Knicks temporarily missed their starting center Nerlens Noel. But Taj Gibson finally got his way and ended up with three blocks. Norvel Pelle, the center of the third string, registered two blocks.
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