Knicks Stifle Shorthanded Jazz
New York 73, Utah 62
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 14 (Ticker) -- Larry Brown found his second win with the New York Knicks much easier to get than the first.
Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench and the Knicks allowed a franchise low in points en route to a 73-62 victory over the shorthanded Utah Jazz.
The offense did not need to be as sharp against the Jazz, who were playing without forward Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) and guard Gordan Giricek (tonsillitis) as well as forward Carlos Boozer , who has not played this season with a hamstring injury.
"We're on the road, we just played back to back, we're playing in altitude, I'm just thankful," Brown said. "When you start out 0-5, you're pretty happy with games like this, no matter what."
Without many of its top offensive threats, Utah shot a dismal 30 percent (12-of-40) in the first half but forced 12 turnovers and faced just a 37-36 deficit after two quarters.
"The turnovers are hurting a bit, but we are identifying the problems and slowly correcting them," Knicks forward Antonio Davis said.
Things got worse for Utah in the third period. After Andre Owens' layup 75 seconds into the quarter gave the Jazz a 40-37 lead, Utah missed its next 14 shots as New York went on a 14-0 run over the next 9 1/2 minutes to move in front, 51-40.
"We just wanted to keep the pressure on them," Crawford said. "We have a tendency to come out slow in the third quarter. So we just wanted to keep the pressure on and try to wear them down. We feel that one of our best strengths is how deep we are."
Eddy Curry, Malik Rose and Stephon Marbury scored four points apiece during the spurt, which was capped by Marbury's jumper with 2:34 remaining. Milt Palacio ended Utah's shooting drought with a layup with 1:15 to go as the Jazz made just 2-of-18 shots in the period and shot a franchise-worst 29 percent (22-of-75) overall.
"They came out and defended us really well. We had a tough time trying to run anything," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.
Things got so sloppy for the Jazz that, near the end of the third period, owner Larry Miller left his courtside seat to sit at the end of Utah's bench and was spotted in the team huddle, much to the surprise of the players.
"I was sitting right there and he was standing at the end of the bench," Jazz guard Devin Brown said. "He was very vocal in what he was talking about. "I've never, ever (seen that before). I've seen it with the (Dallas) Cowboys, with Jerry Jones going on the field, but that's the first time I've seen that."
Crawford added eight points during the final period, when New York never led by less than nine points. Curry collected 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Knicks, whose previous best defensive performance came on February 21, 1999, when they held the Chicago Bulls to 63 points.
"I don't think about (records)," Larry Brown said. "Kirilenko and Boozer didn't play. This is a tough place to play and they're pros and they have a great coach. But to have that many turnovers and give up 62 points, that's pretty significant."
The teams combined for 43 turnovers and just 30 assists.
"It was a low-scoring, ugly game," said New York guard Quentin Richardson, who made all four of his 3-pointers in the first half. "Utah played hard, we played hard, we both slowed the game down and it just got ugly for a while."
Rookie Deron Williams was one of the few bright spots for Utah with 18 points and five assists off the bench.