Knicks surprise Jazz by 7

Mar 19 2013 - 12:36am

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New York Knicks’ Pablo Prigioni (right) guards Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) in a NBA basketball game on Monday in Salt Lake City.
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New York Knicks’ Raymond Felton (2) drives around Utah Jazz’s Randy Foye (8) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Monday in Salt Lake City.
New York Knicks' Marcus Camby, right, knocks the ball from Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter (0) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 18, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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New York Knicks’ Pablo Prigioni (right) guards Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) in a NBA basketball game on Monday in Salt Lake City.
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New York Knicks’ Raymond Felton (2) drives around Utah Jazz’s Randy Foye (8) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Monday in Salt Lake City.
New York Knicks' Marcus Camby, right, knocks the ball from Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter (0) in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 18, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY -- So much for rematches.

Nine days removed from one of their most embarrassing losses of the season - a 29-point failure at New York's famed Madison Square Garden, the Jazz turned in something almost as embarrassing.

With the Lakers losing to Phoenix earlier in the night, Utah had a chance to slip back into the Wester Conference playoff picture with a victory over the injury-depleted Knicks. Instead, the Jazz flopped again. Not by 29 like before, but instead losing 90-83 in front of a home crowd that seemed to lose interest as quickly as the Jazz did.

Utah (34-33) got 17 points and a career-high four blocked shots from Gordon Hayward and 12 points from Paul Millsap but it wasn't enough.

In need of a win to help boost their confidence, the Jazz lost for the sixth time in nine games.

Center Al Jefferson finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Knicks (39-26) had dropped four straight on the road and were playing without stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. Still, if they were tired, beat-up and anxious to get back home - as the Jazz might've hoped - they didn't show it.

JR Smith came off the bench to score 20 points and point guard Raymond Felton added 19 to pace the Knicks, who hadn't won since beating the Jazz on March 9.

New York shot 46 percent from the field and added nine steals and five blocked shots.

Utah shot well in the first half but couldn't get above 30 percent after halftime.

After taking a lead into halftime the Jazz were held to just 19 points in the third quarter.

They were charged with 17 turnovers, leading to 25 points for the Knicks.

Fill-in small forward Crhsi Copeland, on the court in place of Anthony, scored 14 points and had six rebounds.

Like his players, Utah coach Tyrone Corbin wanted to forget about that loss in New York. However, in preparing for Monday's ESPN-televised rematch he forced himself to re-live the nightmare.

"There wasn't a lot of good to take from the game," he said.

"It's been almost two weeks," he added before Monday's game. "Because it was so (recent) you think about it a little bit more. It was a big loss for us. You want to make sure you look at everything around it. You can try and make whatever justification you can about it but they beat us and they beat us good."

If the 29-point loss 10 days ago was that difficult to re-live, Monday's home loss to a team full of aging veterans and no-names must have been a revolting.

GAME 67

Knicks 90, Jazz 83

* BEST PLAY: The Jazz mount an 8-0 run to end the first half. It's highlighted by a play that starts with a Mo Williams steal on the defensive end. He starts a fastbreak and dishes ahead to Gordon Hayward, who breezes in for a jackknifing layup.

* BEST LINE: Hayward had 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting. He was also 3-for-6 behind the 3-point arc and added a career-high four blocked shots.

* KEY STAT: The Jazz shot a paltry 24 percent from the field in the third quarter.

* BRACKETS, NO BRACKETS: Following Monday's shootaround, former North Carolina teammates Marvin Williams, of the Jazz, and Raymond Felton, of the Knicks, spoke fondly about their run to the 2005 NCAA tournament title.

The two helped take down Deron Williams' explosive Illinois team in the finals.

Williams and Felton both said they love to follow the tournament each March but only one of them fills out brackets.

For years Jazz players have filled out brackets and followed their picks throughout the tournament and many said they will do it again this year.

But not Felton.

"I don't think I've done a bracket for the last three years," he said. "We used to, but it is fun. I actually enjoy it. It's just interesting to see all the upsets, because there's going to be. Every year, that's the way it is. That's what March Madness is."

* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz went into the game with no injuries to report. The Knicks, however, went without Carmelo Anthony (knee), Tyson Chandler (foot), Amar'e Stoudemire (knee) and Rasheed Wallace (foot).

* ETC.: The Jazz took a 44-42 lead into halftime, hitting 52 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the 3-point line in the first half. ... Hayward led the team with nine points on 4-of-10 shooting. He also had two blocked shots, two rebounds and two assists. ... New York shot 42 percent from the field. ...

They Knicks took 15 3-point shots in the first half. They made six of them. ... Forward Chris Copeland led them with 11 points at the break. Felton had nine points and two assists.

* UP NEXT: The Jazz will hit the road for the rest of the week, making stops in Houston (Wednesday), San Antonio (Friday) and Dallas (Sunday) before returning home to play Philadelphia on March 25.

 

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