MEMPHIS, Tenn. — — Julius Randle scored 28 factors, Derrick Rose added 25, changing 11 of 15 pictures and the New York Knicks held off the Memphis Grizzlies 118-104 on Monday evening for his or her twelfth win in 13 video games.
“I just like the toughness of the staff,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “They persevered and simply discovered away.”
With the win, the Knicks are assured of their first successful report in a season since going 54-28 in 2012-13.
“It’s actually good,” Randle mentioned of the staff’s latest play, including that the Knicks “must preserve doing it to get higher.”
Whereas the Knicks continued their profitable run – successful their twelfth within the final 13 – one of many prime spots of the 4 play-in groups within the West is turning into extra elusive for Memphis. The loss was the Grizzlies fourth within the final 5. Coupled with Golden State’s win over New Orleans earlier Monday evening, the Warriors moved into eighth place, a half-game forward of Memphis, now in ninth..
“All these video games are huge,” mentioned Dillon Brooks, who had 25 factors for Memphis. “We’ve obtained to understand that. Our consideration to element, our depth, our consideration to the whole lot has obtained to be heightened. We’ve simply obtained to be prepared each single sport.”
Memphis, which trailed by as many as 17 within the second half, tried to rally within the fourth quarter and lower the New York benefit to 101-96 with 5:28 left. Randle answered with a 3-pointer with 3:57 remaining.
However with Memphis nonetheless inside 5 factors as the sport headed down the stretch, the Grizzlies obtained 5 technicals in a span of 18 seconds to seal the loss.
Requested concerning the technicals, Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins, who obtained two of them and was ejected, prevented the query, saying: “I’m actually enthusiastic about how laborious our guys performed, and now we have to construct on this. We’ve obtained a variety of basketball left and we’re handing over the fitting route.”
RJ Barrett added 15 factors for the Knicks.
“They made powerful pictures. You’ve obtained to tip your hat to that squad and take the positives out of this sport,” Brooks mentioned. However he additionally realizes the significance of the remainder of the video games because the Grizzlies maneuver for the most effective postseason place.
The Knicks shot 77.3% within the second quarter to construct the result in 69-58 on the break. Rose, who performed his one season of school basketball on the College of Memphis, missed solely one among his seven pictures within the half to steer New York with 15 factors.
New York couldn’t preserve that capturing tempo, however nonetheless stored its lead by way of the third. Brooks pushed the Grizzlies nearer, pulling Memphis inside six at one level of the interval.
“We constructed a very good lead within the third,” Thibodeau mentioned. “We struggled a bit of within the fourth, however we discovered a strategy to win.”
Knicks: C Nerlens Noel, who suffered a left ankle sprain in Sunday’s win over the Rockets, was out. Taj Gibson began at middle for New York, his third begin of the season. … Randle missed his first 4 pictures and was 1 of seven within the first quarter. … Gibson had 12 rebounds and 5 blocks.
Grizzlies: G Grayson Allen, who missed the earlier two video games with an injured left hand, returned to motion and began. … Brooks tied his season-high with 5 3-pointers. …Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins was ejected with 1:20 left when he obtained a pair of technicals arguing a no-call on a drive to the basket by Morant. Then Brooks obtained a technical 18 seconds later and Morant obtained two technical and he was ejected additionally.
Whereas he will not be on the high of the listing, Randle is getting some point out as an MVP candidate due to his play. Requested if he deserves to be a part of such discussions, Randle replied: “For positive. I’m not going to shrink back from it. For me, it’s about getting higher from sport to sport and enhancing as a participant.”
MEANWHILE, 10 YEARS AGO
Monday was the 10-year anniversary of Rose successful the 2011 MVP – the youngest participant to win the award. Requested concerning the reminiscence, the veteran reminded everybody that he’s now 32 years previous. “It’s loopy. I imply the story is loopy. I’m simply comfortable to be right here and nonetheless taking part in first rate basketball. I’m very appreciative.
Knicks: Proceed a six-game swing by way of the Western Convention in Denver towards the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Grizzlies: Face the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Wednesday.