MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Enes Kanter had a career-high 26 rebounds and scored 21 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 22 points and the New York Knicks overcame a poor shooting first half to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-98 on Sunday night.
Emmanuel Mudiay added 17 points, and Trey Burk had 15 to help the Knicks win their third straight in former Grizzles coach David Fizdale’s return.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 27 points and Mike Conley had 23 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 16 points and seven blocks, tying a franchise record for a Grizzlies rookie.
The teams were tied at 89 with 4:38 left, then exchanged leads until a steal by Burke led to a dunk by Mudiay, who was fouled by Garrett Temple. The resulting free throw gave the Knicks a 97-93 lead.
Kanter’s play in the third quarter helped the Knicks overcome a double-digit deficit.
Memphis built the lead to 13 in the third quarter, but New York rattled off a 15-2 rally to tie it at 68l when JaMycal Green was called for goaltending when he pulled down the net on Kanter’s put back.
Kanter was muscling his way inside controlling the boards and scoring on rebounds. He had 11 rebounds and 14 points in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, Memphis was having no luck at all shooting, connecting on 6 of 20 shots in the third.
That led to a 78-71 lead for New York after the third.
Memphis led 52-43 lead at the half based on Memphis holding the Knicks to 34 percent shooting in the first half, including 4 of 15 from outside the arc. Part of the New York shooting woes came from eight blocks by the Grizzlies.
Memphis would finish with 19 blocks for the game.
Knicks: Fizdale coached Memphis to a 50-51 record over his one-plus seasons with the Grizzlies.. He acknowledged everything was backward when he arrived at FedExForum for the game. “It was weird,” he said. “I pulled in and I’m like ‘OK, I’m not parking in my spot.’ Then he added that Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff was “in my damn spot.” … The win snapped a seven-game New York losing streak in Memphis. New York had not defeated the Grizzlies on Memphis’ home court since a 110-108 victory on March 9, 2011. .Kanter’s previous career-high rebounds was 24 against Chicago on Nov. 15.
Grizzlies: Memphis struggled mightily with free throws early, making only 3 of its first 9 in the game. The Grizzlies would end the night 11 of 19 from the line. . Coinley converted only 8 of 24 shots, including 2 of 10 from 3-point range.
Knicks: At Detroit on Tuesday night.
Grizzlies: At Toronto on Tuesday night.
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