Free throw issues cost Grizzlies late in loss to Knicks


Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) goes to the basket past New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) and center Nerlens Noel during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 9, 2021, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)

NEW YORK — RJ Barrett scored 20 points, making a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:15 left in overtime, and the New York Knicks used a late rally to stun the Memphis Grizzlies 133-129.

Alec Burks had nine of his 19 in overtime and Julius Randle recovered from a scoreless first half to finish with 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in his fifth triple-double of the season.

The Knicks snapped the Grizzlies’ four-game winning streak. They avoided a third straight loss and won for just the second time in seven games.

Ja Morant scored a game high 26 points but the Grizzlies missed 13 free throws, allowing the Knicks to rally from 14 down in the third quarter.

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