By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 92, JAZZ 83 | ENERGYSOLUTIONS ARENA
How it Happened:
One week ago, the Knicks embarked on a critical five-game road trip to the west coast. After tonight's victory in Utah, they'll return to New York with a winning record for the trip and still hope for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
In this one, they battled; a fast start (9-for-12 shooting to open the game) gave way to some sloppy offensive execution and a double-digit deficit before New York turned up the heat in the second half. Within a span of less than four minutes to start the 3rd quarter, three consecutive Knicks 3s turned a five-point deficit into a six-point lead and they never looked back.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 34 points in what turned out to be a strong offensive effort for the Knicks, who shot 47 percent as a team and featured five players in double-figure scoring. Tyson Chandler overcame early foul trouble to finish with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
It was only the second win for the Knicks this season after trailing at halftime, improving their record to 2-32. J.R. Smith's last-second 3 to end the first half cut Utah's lead to one.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony carried the load and kept the Knicks in it when the offense wasn't flowing in the first half. He created mismatches for the Jazz defense and forced Utah to adjust to defend him.
The Knicks, stil 1.5 games behind Atlanta for the 8th seed, return home to face the Brooklyn Nets at the Garden on Wednesday.