The Memphis Grizzlies contained the New York Knicks’ 1-2 punch for the first three quarters.
But Julius Randle and RJ Barrett came through with the telling blows in the end as the Knicks pulled off a stunning comeback win, 133-129, in overtime.
Barrett scored a combined 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. His barrelling layup against Ja Morant with 8.8 seconds left in regulation forced the overtime. Then with 1:15 left and the game tied at 124, he knocked down the go-ahead three-pointer off a Randle kick-out pass.
Randle, who didn’t score his first field goal until the 3:16 mark in the third quarter, finished the game strong and collected his fifth triple-double of the season.
After going 1-for-6 through the first three quarters, Randle made three of his last five shots. He collected 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Alec Burks, Derrick Rose, and Immanuel Quickley combined for 58 points off the bench as they kept the Knicks in the game when their 1-2 punch was struggling.
Rose did most of the damage in the first half, scoring 13 of his 19 points in his most productive performance since the trade.
Quickley crushed the rookie wall with 20 points and four triples.
Burks added 19 and made timely baskets in the overtime.
After losing the last two games on the offensive glass, the Knicks were locked in on crashing the boards.
The Grizzlies came into the game as the second-best offensive rebounding team in the league. But the Knicks did a good job keeping them away from the glass.
New York had 48-43 in overall rebounds and 11-10 on the offensive glass. They had two more second-chance points than the Grizzlies.
Taj Gibson was the Knicks’ unsung hero. The 35-year old veteran center almost no-relief job in the fourth quarter and kept Jonas Valanciunas from the glass. Valanciunas finished with 14 rebounds but only had one in the entire fourth quarter.
Gibson came away with six points and eight boards, five from the offensive glass, before fouling out.
It was a collective effort that enabled the Knicks to finally get over the hump after losing five of their last six games entering this game.
The Knicks improved to 26-27 overall and 15-10 at home, with eight of their next 10 games at The Garden.
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