In a oh-no-here-we-go-again game where the New York Knicks almost blew another big lead, they held on and managed to get the W against the Memphis Grizzlies.
It was quite the nail-biter. Well, at least for tortured Knicks fans it was.
The Knicks, who were on fire, opened a 30-point first half lead before running out of gas and watched the Grizzlies chip away at the lead, making it only a five-point game with 98 seconds left. But good old reliable, Jason Kidd, came through and saved the Knicks by hitting a clutch three-point shot from the corner.
They’re no Miami, but with the win, the Knicks extended their winning streak to six and improved to 44-26.
J.R. Smith led the way and provided a huge spark off the bench with 35 points. Smith made 10 of 18 shots and was 12-for-13 from the free throw line—displaying his inside-outside game. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points, and Raymond Felton finished the game with 13.
Another big story, though, is Iman Shumpert. The guard who was struggling after coming back from a nasty ACL injury, looks to be getting back in his groove. Shumpert looked explosive on offense, scoring all of his 16 points in the first half. The guard connected on all six of his shots in the first half, including 4 of 4 from beyond the arc.
Can the Knicks continue playing with this high level of intensity? They have to if they want to be the No. 2 seed. Next up is a home game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.