Knicks win the home opener, beat the Grizzlies 111-104
The Knicks showed a complete new face last night, in the home opener against the Grizzlies, making the loss in Cleveland a thing of the past.
So many players contributed to the win, it is difficult to nominate one Knick that counted most.
New York built an 18 point lead in the 2nd quarter with Brandon Jenings knocking down a three pointer assisted by Kristaps Pozringis.
Memphis fought back and cut the lead to just a couple of points early in the fourth quarter and it seemed that once again, the Knicks lost the control of the game. Then they put three starters back on the court and exploded on a 12-0 run to set the record straight and seal the victory.
Porzingis led New York with a game-high 21 points while Carmelo Anthony seconded him with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Joakim Noah was a vital part of last night’s defense but contributed in equal part to the offense. Just before the start of the game he took the mic to thank the fans and promise them a strong season: “It’s a long season. Thanks for the support. Let’s get it.” [source]
Noah stood by his words and grabbed 10 rebounds, sent 7 assists and scored 6 points as the crowd went wild in the fourth quarter chanting his name.
Derrick Rose was an offensive beast. Although it’s visible the time he missed with the team due to his civil trial, Rose is adapting fast and the Garden appreciates this. His crossover on Mike Conley finishing with a layup drawn applause from all the corners of the arena. Rose scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half.
Courtney Lee who was scoreless against the Cavs, scored 16 points last night shooting 6-11 from the field. The starting lineup was extremely productive as it contributed with 86 of the total 111 points.
Kyle O’Quinn led the bench with 11 points and added 6 rebounds in almost 19 minutes of playtime.
The Knicks are now 1-1 and will try to build a positive record as they will face the Pistons Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.