Knicks lose 50th after impressive game by the second unit

The Knicks continue to act like a hard nut to crack against playoff teams that are fighting to clinch a higher seed and after a late loss two nights ago at home against the Wizards, last night the 2nd unit challenged the Grizzlies to a though game that was decided late in the fourth quarter.

Getting his second start of the season, forward rookie Maurice Ndour led the Knicks in scoring until late in the game when Courtney Lee outscored him by 1. Ndour finished with a career-high 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks as New York fell 101-88 to Memphis on Friday night.

The Knicks played without Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, both of them sidelined with injuries while Derrick Rose‘s injury already ended his season.

New York trailed by 12 in the second quarter, then made a comeback in the third, tied the game and even took the lead for about 4 minutes. But as the game moved into the fourth quarter the game flowed int a single direction. 

Led by Mike Conley who scored 8 of his total 31 points early in the fourth, the Grizzlies made an 8-0 run and took a 16 points lead leaving the Knicks with no answer until the final buzzer.

Willy Hernangomez nailed 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Justin Holiday added 12. Off the bench, Mindaugas Kuzminskas contributed with 10 points while the rest of the team finished in single digits.

The Knicks clinched their 3rd straight 50 loss season and are 1.5 games above Orlando and Philadelphia in the lottery run with two games left.

On Sunday noon the Knicks will host the Raptors and on Wednesday night New York will put an end of the season against Philadelphia, at home.

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