SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz leaned on their powerful protection to maintain their win streak alive.
Rudy Gobert had 18 factors, 19 rebounds and 4 blocked photographs, and the Jazz beat the New York Knicks 108-94 on Tuesday night time for his or her ninth consecutive victory.
“We did quite a lot of good issues that didn’t present up on the scoreboard,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder stated. “Individuals speak about successful ugly and tonight ugly was fairly.”
Royce O’Neale scored a career-high 20 factors, serving to Utah overcome a quiet night time for Donovan Mitchell. Mike Conley had 19 factors, seven rebounds, and 5 assists.
Mitchell completed with 9 factors on 3-for-15 capturing.
Austin Rivers scored 25 factors for New York — all within the first half. Julius Randle had 18 factors and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Barrett scored 17 within the Knicks’ third straight loss.
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New York made simply 12 whole baskets within the second half on the heels of capturing 55.8% from the sector earlier than halftime. The Jazz made quite a few hustle performs and compelled the Knicks to accept one powerful shot after one other.
By the fourth quarter, New York’s offense was totally bottled up. The Knicks scored solely 13 factors over the ultimate 12 minutes.
“We knew proper from the beginning, Utah’s taking part in in addition to anybody within the league,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau stated. “And so I believed our aggressiveness to start out the sport was excellent. After which we didn’t maintain it for 48 minutes. And that’s one thing we’re nonetheless working towards.”
The Jazz trailed by as many 15 factors within the first half, however grabbed the lead for good after they opened the fourth quarter with a 20-Three run. O’Neale punctuated the important thing stretch with three straight baskets, giving Utah a 100-84 lead with 5:19 remaining.
“We stored our give attention to the defensive finish,” Gobert stated. “We didn’t fear in regards to the missed photographs. All the sudden, we acquired stops and the photographs began falling.
Utah endured a chilly spell on offense in the course of the first quarter. The Jazz missed 12 of their first 14 photographs and shot 2 of 13 from the perimeter in the course of the interval. They made solely six baskets within the first 12 minutes.
Rivers scored 18 of New York’s first 21 factors within the second quarter. His flurry of baskets stopped a Jazz rally. After Utah minimize the deficit to 36-32 on back-to-back layups from Joe Ingles and Gobert, Rivers made three 3-pointers to gas a 12-2 run that prolonged the Knicks’ result in 48-34 halfway via the quarter.
Rivers went 10 of 10 from the sector in the course of the first half, together with 5 3-pointers. He had a restricted impression after halftime as soon as Utah made a degree of taking him out of the offense.
“Within the second half, they grew to become extra bodily, they took the combat to us,” Rivers stated. “And it simply form of fell aside. They simply stored their foot on the pedal, and we weren’t in a position to get it again. This was the hardest lack of the journey.”
Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic rallied the Jazz, combining for 22 factors in the course of the third quarter. Conley made 4 baskets, assisted on a pair, and hit 4 free throws in the course of the quarter. Bogdanovic hit a pair of 3-pointers.
Knicks: Alec Burks made his second begin of the season and his Knicks profession. He completed with 9 factors and 7 rebounds. … Rivers went zero of four from the sector after halftime. … New York held Utah to 2 fast-break factors.
Jazz: Mitchell, Conley, and Bogdanovic mixed to go 1 of 19 from the sector within the first half. … Utah completed with simply six turnovers. … Mitchell completed with a season-high eight rebounds.
In his fourth season, O’Neale is averaging a career-best 7.9 factors whereas capturing 45.7% from the sector. His burgeoning offensive recreation is not any shock to teammates who’ve witnessed the time he has put in to make a better impression on that finish.
“That is the Royce everyone knows,” Mitchell stated. “He’s a canine. He’s going to go on the market and work.”
Knicks: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Jazz: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
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