NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New York 27 32 22 13 94
Utah 18 28 34 28 108
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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 PM CT0:00 , January 26, 2021
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah  Attendance: 1,932

Knicks wrap up Western road trip with streaking Jazz

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Knicks at Utah Jazz

  1. The Knicks defeated Utah at Madison Square Garden on January 6, 112-100, ending a four-game losing streak for them against the Jazz. The Knicks have lost by 32 and 24 points in their last two visits to Salt Lake City; they've never lost three straight road games to a team by 24 or more points.
  2. The Knicks lost in Portland on Sunday, 116-113, equaling the most points they've allowed since giving up 121 to the Pacers in their season opener. It marked just the third time New York has allowed 115 points in a game this season, tied with Memphis for fewest in the NBA.
  3. Immanuel Quickley scored 31 points off the bench in New York's loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday. It was the second time in the last 30 years a Knicks rookie has scored more than 30 points off the bench, after Alonzo Trier had 31 against Houston on January 23, 2019.
  4. The Jazz have won eight in a row since their loss to the Knicks on January 6, winning seven of those eight games by double-digits. Utah has won by an average of 15.9 points over the eight-game run, the best margin in the NBA over that time.
  5. Royce O'Neal is seventh in the NBA in three-point percentage, making 46.2 percent of his attempts this season (min. 60 3PA). The Jazz have five players making at least 40.0 percent of their threes, tied with the Clippers for most in the NBA (min. 60 3PA).
  6. No team relies on three-pointers for a higher percentage of their points than the Jazz (44.4 percent) this season, while threes account for just 27.6 percent of New York's scoring, second lowest in the NBA.
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Led by a near-triple-double by Julius Randle (30 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists) and a 23-point outing by Austin Rivers, the New York Knicks rallied back from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Utah Jazz 112-100 three weeks ago at Madison Square Garden.

The two teams have since gone in different directions, literally and figuratively.

The Jazz haven't lost since then, winning an NBA-season-high eight consecutive games entering Tuesday's game against the Knicks in Salt Lake City.

"When we're going on both ends, we're a tough team to play against," Jazz guard Joe Ingles said.

The Knicks, meanwhile, went on a five-game losing streak and have now lost seven of 10 games overall.

Coincidentally, both teams' most recent victories came against Golden State. Utah stormed to a 40-point lead before settling on a 127-108 win Saturday. New York beat the Warriors 119-104 Thursday to begin a four-game Western road trip.

This is the final outing of the Knicks' swing. Over the weekend, they stumbled in Sacramento (103-94) and in Portland (116-113). To its credit, New York made a game of it Sunday, rallying from 25 behind to only lose to the Blazers by three.

"Quite a big hole," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We expended so much energy trying to get out of it and at the end we fell short."

It was the third game in four nights on the West Coast for New York, while the Blazers hadn't played in a week after two games were postponed due to COVID-19 precautions.

"It usually balances out over the course of the year," Thibodeau said. "We want to have the mental toughness to get through whatever we're facing. This was the situation (where) they had been off a long time. You deal with what's in front of you. We know we have to bring more to a game to win."

As has been the case since botching that big lead in New York, the Jazz did about everything right against Golden State. They scored the first 14 points of the game and ended the first half on a 14-1 run to go up 77-47. Utah added another 10-point cushion to that lead before letting reserves play most of the fourth quarter.

The Jazz liked that they defended well together and dished out 28 assists, a good sign of team unity on offense.

"It's something we really love doing," Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said. "That's what's special about this team. We love to make the extra pass."

Jazz coach Quin Snyder appreciates how they play as a cohesive group on defense, too. Though Utah has been clicking on offense -- especially from 3-point range -- that defense has fueled the overall turnaround.

"We want to defend collectively," Snyder said. "I think our guys are seeing it collectively. It's not one guy's job. Every guy has to do the job."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 26, 2021

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