The New York Knicks rallied and then some to protect their home floor on Tuesday night, while the Memphis Grizzlies clawed their way to victory on the road.
After stealing home-court advantage, Memphis emerged as the night's biggest winner. A woeful 15-point effort in the third quarter didn't stop the Grizzlies from storming back to claim a 99-93 win in Oklahoma City.
For New York, it was all about saving face on its home floor. After trading punches for the first 36 minutes, the Knicks used a dominant fourth quarter to ease into a 105-79 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Scoring champions shined bright in both contests, with Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant leading their respective squads.
But an under-appreciated point guard stole the show with a masterful performance in the clutch for Memphis.
With all four teams set to hit the road before getting back at it again in their now best-of-five series on Saturday night, we're left to sort through the winners and losers of this twofer Tuesday.