Fournier’s heroics not enough to contain Morant, Grizzlies

Evan Fournier scored a game high 30 points and RJ Barrett added 23 but the New York Knicks fell to Ja Morant’s Memphis Grizzliers, 120-108 last night at the Garden.

Fournier shot 11-18 from the field and made eight three pointers (8-12) to go with his five boards and Julius Randle was close to a triple double with 18 points, 12 boards and 9 dimes. The All Star was ejected with 31.5 seconds left to play after getting a second technical.

The Knicks defended well at Morant but, as coach Thibodeau noted, failed to contain their other weapons.

“So I thought our perimeter defense was pretty good, the help was good, but then Jackson got loose, Williams got loose, Melton got loose. So we have to, like, finish our defense.”

Tom Thibodeau

The Grizzlies took a 19 point lead in the second quarter and led throughout most of the game by double digits. The Knicks forced a comeback after halftime and cut the lead 74-68 in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth, the Knicks got closer after Immanuel Quickley‘s consecutive three pointers that made it 95-90 with nine minutes left on the clock. Memphis were fast to reply and went on a 9-0 run and from that point the Knicks had no answer.

Mitchell Robinson had a huge night. 14 points (7-8), 11 rebounds (seven of them offensive) and 8 blocks. Unfortunately, the Knicks didn’t get the rebound too often after these blocks.

“I knew they were number one in the paint so I had to protect the paint and went after the ball. I took the challenge. It was challenging, but I think I did pretty well.”

Mitchell Robinson

The Grizzlies were led by Jaren Jackson who scored 26 points and collected 10 rebounds. Ja Morant scored 23 and dished-out 9 assists while Ziaire Williams finished with 21.

Both teams shot similarly from the field but the Grizzlies were slightly better from behind the arc where they went 16-39 to Knicks’s 12-36.

Up-next: The Knicks (24-28) will embark on a 5 game west coast trip that starts on Saturday in Los Angeles, against the Lakers (25-27) from 8:30pm.

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