Melo Hits Game Winner As Knicks Avoid 4th Qtr Collapse
Memphis, TN (WIBX)- The New York Knicks almost blew a 14 point lead heading into the 4th quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies. Thanks to Carmelo Anthony, that didn't happen. After Memphis had clawed all the way back to tie the game with 14 seconds left, Carmelo Anthony hit the game winning jumper with .5 seconds left on the clock, his biggest shot as a Knick, to preserve the victory. It was the third win in a row for the Knicks, who are now 6-3 since acquiring Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Denver Nuggets.
The Knicks had built up a lead of 17 at one point in the third quarter, but Memphis opened the 4th scoring the first 8 points and added a run of 10-0 before Anthony hit the game winner. The Knicks made 12 3-pointers in the game shooting 50% from long range but the Grizzlies outscored them 33-4 from the free throw line to keep it close. Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 31 points, Amare Stoudemire had 26 and Toney Douglas added 18 points to go along with his 10 assists. The Grizzlies had four players score 20 or more points, led by Tony Allen's 22 while Darrell Arthur added 21 off the bench. This is the fifth straight game the Knicks are without starting point guard Chauncey Billups, who is out with a quad injury. The Knicks will travel to Dallas to take on the Mavs Thursday night, Billups status for the game is uncertain.