The New York Knicks made it close — disturbingly close — in the third quarter, but a fourth-quarter three-point barrage from ye olde Vince Carter, coupled with some valiant tank-ball from Kyle O’Quinn, helped the Grizzlies to a 101-88 win.
Maurice Ndour scored the first 7 points of the game and led the team in scoring for much of the game.
.@TooHotFiDem off to a hot start with 7 points in 6 minutes! Grizzlies lead by 4 in the 1Q. #NYKvsMEM #Knicks pic.twitter.com/DqH8xGI4ta— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 8, 2017
Courtney Lee ended up leading the team with 16 points.
1 to go! #NYKvsMEM @TooHotFiDem: 15p@CourtneyLee2211: 14p@willyhg94: 9r#Knicks pic.twitter.com/Q877MyLHy8— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 8, 2017
Willy Hernangomez battled his big Spanish hermano, Marc Gasol, notching a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
1Q complete here in Memphis. #NYKvsMEM #Knicks@TooHotFiDem: 9p@CourtneyLee2211: 5p pic.twitter.com/HCsZT5mihq— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 8, 2017
But the REAL MVP of this game was O’Quinn. My God, the bearded big man put together a masterpiece of losing. Not only did he finish a game-best (worst?) -21, he karate-chopped the shit out of his own teammate.
#Knickstape @World_Wide_Wob pic.twitter.com/1m0kntrdk4— Matt Danza (@Matt_Danza) April 8, 2017
Nobody puts up reasonably efficient all-around numbers — 9 points on 4-8 shooting, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block — while actively crushing his team’s effort like KOQ.
Recap to come.