The feting of the Knicks began early during their home opener against the Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. As Joakim Noah celebrated and sneered in the second quarter, the fans chanted his name, prolonging each syllable. After a highlight-worthy dunk in the third, Kristaps Porzingis was met with a rousing ovation. When, moments later, Derrick Rose crossed over Mike Conley and then bounced off contact at the basket to finish a layup, there was ample applause.
For much of Saturday evening, it seemed as though the Knicks would wipe away their many sins from a season-opening defeat in Cleveland, a loss they had stewed over for nearly four days.
“The guys want a little redemption from the other night,” Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek said before the game.
But in a 111-104 win over Memphis, the Knicks turned what appeared to be a triumphant homecoming into a white-knuckle affair as an 18-point lead wasted away.
For much of the game, the…