Knicks secure victory despite late scare from Grizzlies

In a thrilling matchup at the Garden, the New York Knicks managed to clinch a hard-fought victory against the Memphis Grizzlies, with a final score of 123-113.

Leading the charge for the Knicks were Donte DiVincenzo and Jalen Brunson, with DiVincenzo lighting up the scoreboard with a 32-point performance, while Brunson followed closely with 27 points and 8 assists.

Despite building a 28-point lead, the Knicks found themselves on the edge as the Grizzlies staged a fourth quarter comeback, cutting the deficit 113-109 with a little over two minutes remaining. However, the Knicks rallied together and outscored the Grizzlies 10-4 in the closing minutes to secure their 33rd win of the season.

“We built a big lead, and we didn’t close it off as well as we should have. But getting the win is the most important thing.”

– Tom Thibodeau

Backup big men, Precious Achiuwa and Isaiah Hartenstein, now legit starters, both contributed 17 pts, Josh Hart was in double-double with 10 points and 10 boards while Miles McBride led the bench with 12 buckets.

The victory came amidst ongoing challenges for the Knicks, who continue to grapple with injuries to key players. Julius Randle, OG Anunoby, and Quentin Grimes have been sidelined since late January, leaving significant gaps in the roster.

Adding to their woes, Jalen Brunson suffered an ankle injury during an 18-1 Grizzlies run, further thinning their lineup. However, there’s a glimmer of hope as Brunson was seen leaving the arena without crutches or a boot, albeit walking cautiously.

The Grizzlies, led by Vince Williams Jr with 19 points, GG Jackson with 16 points, and David Roddy with 15 points.

Meanwhile, they find themselves grappling with a slew of injuries, significantly impacting their season performance. Despite an impressive showing last season, they now face adversity with 12 injured players. The absence of Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Marcus Smart, Steven Adams and Brandon Clarke has taken its toll, leaving the team struggling to find consistency on the court.

As the trade deadline looms, uncertainty hangs over the Knicks’ plans. All eyes are on Knicks’ President Leon Rose, waiting to see his strategy for bolstering the team’s lineup. With four tough games on the horizon before the All-Star break, the Knicks are challenged on their goals, aiming for homecourt advantage and possibly vying for the 2nd seed in the conference.

Up-next: The Knicks (33-18) are hosting the Mavericks (28-23) on Thursday from 7:30.

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