Thursday night was a case of bad news and worse news for the New York Knicks; they were embarrassed by the Memphis Grizzlies 94-83, in a game that was far more of a rout than the final score indicates. They also saw All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony leave the game and hobble to the locker room in the third, never to return. Anthony sprained his right ankle; however x-rays were negative. It is unknown at this time if the injury will cause him to miss any games and if so how many.
As for the game itself; in no way could Thursday night’s affair be labeled a contest. Memphis simply devoured the Knicks for three-quarters while the last 12 minutes of play was extended garbage time. Rudy Gay came up with a game high 26 points while O.J. Mayo came off the bench with 18 points in the victory. The Knicks were held to an anemic 37.3% (31-83) with Anthony and reserve guard Bill Walker each scoring 14 points in the game.
Memphis started to take control of the proceedings in the first; taking the lead with the first bucket and never falling behind at any time during the night. Gay knocked down a pair at the line just before time elapsed and at the conclusion of the period his team held the upper hand at 28-19. New York’s offense was stuck in neutral while the Grizzlies were gunning their engines in the second; the Knicks never got any closer than down by six in the quarter. Gay hit a shot with two seconds to play and Memphis walked into the locker room at the half on top 49-38.
New York came back to the floor in the third but they still had yet to find their shooting touch. Memphis got tired of toying with their opponents and put this game on ice during the period as the quarter ended with the home team leading 75-52. New York made the final box score look less embarrassing; but never were a threat in the fourth as the Grizzlies had an easy victory.
Gay scored 26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and a steal while Mayo knocked down 18 points and had 8 rebounds. Tony Allen added 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, an assist and a block while Marc Gasol notched a double-double with 10 points, 12 boards, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 1 steal.
Anthony had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists before he left the floor in the third. Walker put up 14 points, 3 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal while Iman Shumpert chipped in 12 points, 4 steals, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and a block. Memphis now has a record of 4-6 and will host the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday while New York falls to 6-5 and travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Saturday.