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Knicks, Grizzlies get into fight at end of game; Knicks fans chant ‘sell the team’ at Dolan

Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 29: The referees try to break up a fight between Jae Crowder #99 of the Memphis Grizzlies and Elfrid Payton #6 of the New York Knicks in the final minute of the game at Madison Square Garden on January 29, 2020 in New York City.The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the New York Knicks 127-106.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Knicks, at 13-36, found a way to hit a new low on Wednesday night.

The players didn’t just lose a game, they lost their cool. Frustrated fans made their (very reasonable) opinions heard but in a way sure to anger ownership.

It started with New York getting blown out at home by the Memphis Grizzlies 127-106 (the Griz are now 11-3 in January and improve to .500 as the eighth seed in the West). In a marathon of a season, this loss carried weight because these are both rebuilding teams, but one seems to be on a much better path.

In the final minute with the game decided, Memphis’ Jae Crowder stole a lazy pass from Julius Randle, then decided to take a corner three rather than dribble out the clock. The Knicks’ Elfrid Payton took exception to the shot, ran over and shoved Crowder to the floor. Crowder bounced back up and went at Payton, and then others jumped in and it was on (in a shove-not-hit NBA fight sense).

Payton, Crowder, and Marcus Morris were ejected. Payton can expect a suspension from the league for this — and he deserves it, this was the act of a sore loser, and after the game he was not remorseful saying he had a problem with Crowder taking that shot so he acted.

During the stoppage in play, while the officials sorted all this out, Knicks owner James Dolan got up to leave and that’s when a “sell the team” chant broke out from the frustrated fans at Madison Square Garden.

Can you blame those fans? Soon the Knicks were pumping loud music in to try and drown out the chant, and Dolan reportedly told security to remove someone he could see in the lower bowl who was part of that chant (although, as you can hear from the video above, it was building-wide).

After the game, Morris — who had jumped in to defend Payton, earning his ejection as the third man in — was asked about the incident and quickly got in trouble for his comments.

Morris backed away from those comments and quickly apologized.

Expect the league office to hand down its verdicts in the next 48 hours. New York plays next on Saturday in Indiana.