Knicks lose to Jazz

Utah 100, Knicks 89
January 31, 2008 6:03:25 AM PST
Deron Williams had 22 points and 12 assists for his fifth straight double-double, and the Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 100-89 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Carlos Boozer added 17 points and Mehmet Okur finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who haven't trailed in their last two games.

Andrei Kirilenko added 11 points and Ronnie Brewer scored 10 as all five Utah starters scored in double figures.

The Jazz won their 10th straight at home, despite letting a 17-point lead drop to three in the third quarter.

Jamal Crawford scored 26 and Zach Randolph had 23 points for New York. Knick starters Eddy Curry and Quentin Richardson left the game early in the first quarter will flu-like symptoms and did not return.

David Lee added 14 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which is 0-3 on a five-game road trip. But without Curry and Richardson, Utah dominated inside and outscored the Knicks 62-36 in the paint. The Jazz also forced 19 turnovers.

The Jazz opened the game on a 12-2 run and outscored the Knicks 11-2 to start the second period before New York regrouped just before halftime and made a run midway through the third quarter.

Randolph got the Knicks within 57-53 - the closest margin since Utah led 6-2 - on two free throws with 7:17 left in the third. But Kirilenko doubled the lead with a 3-pointer, then Brewer stripped the ball from Crawford and tossed a pass ahead to Williams for a layup to put Utah back up 62-54.

The Knicks rallied again later in the third on a three-point play by Randolph and Crawford's 3-pointer, which cut the lead to 68-60, but Ronnie Price answered that with a left-handed layup while drawing a foul.

New York never got closer than five points the rest of the way, even though the Jazz struggled early in the fourth quarter by going 5-for-16 from the floor. The Knicks stayed within range and cut the lead to 96-89 on two free throws by Crawford with 2:17 left. Boozer then answered with a jumper and Williams hit two free throws to seal it.


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