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Trey Burke hit the tying and go-ahead free throws with 1:49 left Sunday night, then came up with the steal on the next possession that led to a three-point play by Emmanuel Mudiay as the visiting New York Knicks edged the Memphis Grizzlies 103-98.
The win was the third in a row for the Knicks, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter and squandered a nine-point lead in the fourth before ending the game on an 11-5 run. The Grizzlies have lost two straight following a five-game winning streak.
Enes Kanter scored 21 points and pulled down 26 rebounds — the most in a single game by an NBA player this season — for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points while Mudiay (17 points), Burke (15 points) and Allonzo Trier (10 points) also scored in double digits for New York.
Mike Conley had a double-double with 23 points and 11 assists for the Grizzlies while Marc Gasol finished with 27 points and eight rebounds. Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. collected 16 points, seven blocks and six rebounds.
A see-saw game finally turned the Knicks’ way when Burke drained the pair of free throws to give New York a 94-93 lead. Burke then stole the ball near half-court and dished to Mudiay, who dunked over Garrett Temple and drew the foul before converting the free throw.
The Grizzlies never got any closer the rest of the way. Conley turned the ball over on Memphis’ next trip down the floor, after which the teams traded missed jumpers. The Knicks iced the game on six free throws in as many attempts by Mudiay, Burke and Frank Ntilikina. New York was 11 of 11 from the line in the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies led by as many as 12 points in the first half and carried a 52-43 lead into halftime. The Knicks twice closed within five points early in the third, but a 7-0 run by Conley (four points) and Gasol (a 3-pointer) that spanned just 50 seconds gave Memphis its biggest lead at 66-53 with 8:05 left in the third.
The Knicks responded with a 25-5 run to end the quarter. Kanter (14 points) and Hardaway (seven points) combined for 21 points during the spurt. A pair of free throws by Burke with 3:45 left in the period gave New York its first lead (70-69) since 9-8.
—Field Level Media