At “Fight Night at the FedExForum,” a basketball game broke out, and the Knicks weren’t very good at it in the fourth quarter.
The Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher grudge match turned completely uneventful, but Barnes still had the last laugh, literally. Barnes didn’t score his first points until 25.4 seconds left to give the Grizzlies the insurmountable seven-point lead and then dribbled out the clock on a 103-95 victory Saturday, laughing as he bounced the ball.
But as he did all night, Barnes, as promised, didn’t glance toward Fisher across the Knicks-Grizzlies matchup that marked the first time the love-triangle fighters were in the same vicinity since October’s backyard melee in Los Angeles.
But in truth, Fisher needed to be worried more about Memphis center Marc Gasol, who ripped the Knicks in a 35-point explosion.
Minus Carmelo Anthony for the second straight game, Fisher’s Knicks, who are 0-4 this season without Anthony, couldn’t keep up in the fourth quarter after the score was tied after three periods at 73. Memphis started the fourth quarter on a 21-6 run to take its biggest lead at 15 points.
Gasol made 15-of-28 shots, with Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis guarding him much of the night. Kyle O’Quinn picked up a flagrant foul on Gasol in trying to stop him on a dunk attempt in the final quarter.
Barnes’ only other moment of note came when he was charged with a flagrant foul on Porzingis in trying to break up a lob to the 7-3 Latvian at the rim. He was 0-for-3 from the field with eight rebounds.
Jeff Green finished with 18 points and one climactic dunk with 2:30 left that put the Grizzlies up 12.
Tony Allen scored on a fast-break run after Elliot Williams stole the ball from Arron Afflalo to key the fourth-quarter charge.
Playing with a sore shoulder, Porzingis scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half but wasn’t an active presence defensively.
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SOURCE: New York Post