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The Roundup—Jazz rout Knicks for seventh straight win
After sweeping through a three-game road trip, the Utah Jazz returned home and took care of business with a 128-104 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
The Jazz, who shot 54.4 percent from the field, led by 10 points after one quarter, by 19 after two, and by 26 after three before coasting to a 24-point victory. It was the third time this season that Utah has won by at least 20 points.
"It's hard to get wins in the NBA," Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. "I don't care who you're playing against or what their record is, it's a tough league and every time you win a game you should feel good about it. I think our group's getting better. I felt like we continued to play the right way throughout the whole game."
Bojan Bogdanović and Emmaunuel Mudiay led the way with 20 points each as eight Jazz players scored in double figures. Rudy Gobert added 16 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block, while Donovan Mitchell finished with 16 points and a game-high six assists.
Tony Bradley added 12 points and seven rebounds on his 21st birthday, and Joe Ingles, George Niang and Jordan Clarkson scored 11 points each as no Utah player logged more than 29 minutes in the lopsided victory.
The Jazz (25-12) have now won seven straight games—and 12 of their last 13—and sit in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, with just one game separating them from the second-place Denver Nuggets.
"We're on a good win streak right now, so we're just trying to keep it up," Mudiay said. "We're trying to get out in transition and play fast, and I think we've been doing a great job with that. It's just fun. Everybody's touching it. Everybody feels like they're involved."
Frank Ntilikina came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points for the Knicks (10-28), who have now lost four straight games.
Wednesday's Best: Emmanuel Mudiay
Mudiay had his best game of the season against his former team, finishing with 20 points—a new season high—three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes. The Jazz are now 12-3 this season when Mudiay scores in double figures.
"[Emmanuel] approached this as any game," Snyder said. "Obviously he's aware that he was in New York last year, but he didn't force himself on the game. He made good decisions, didn't hunt his shot, played defense. He played every part of the game. Sometimes in situations like that you can get focused on your game, but he didn't do that. He was focused on our game."
Utah got off to a hot start, shooting 11-for-15 and jumping out to a 30-16 lead after eight minutes. Bogdanović scored 11 of those points, while Mitchell had five and Gobert threw down two dunks in traffic.
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New York cut the deficit down to six early in the second quarter, but Utah responded with an 18-4 run to push the lead back to 20 with just under four minutes left in the half. Gobert scored two buckets at the rim—including a one-handed slam off a slick pass from Ingles—while Clarkson, Mudiay and Ingles each made a 3-pointer.
A 10-0 Jazz run to start the third quarter—fueled by two 3-pointers from Royce O'Neale and another highlight-reel slam by Mitchell—pretty much put the game away.
Utah set the tone early, shooting 70.0 percent from the field in the first quarter while assisting on 10 of 14 made buckets. Overall, the Jazz shot nearly as well from the field (54.4 percent) as they did from the line (60.9 percent).
The Jazz owned the block, outrebounding the Knicks 50-41 and outscoring them 60-38 in the paint. Utah shot 30-for-41 (73.2 percent) in the paint, while New York shot only 19-for-47 (40.4 percent).
Utah shot 16-for-43 (37.2 percent) from 3-point range, with Bogdanović (4-for-10), Niang (3-for-6), O'Neale (2-for-3), Mudiay (2-for-4), Mitchell (2-for-6) and Ingles (2-for-6) each making multiple triples.
The Jazz once again played without Mike Conley (hamstring), while the Knicks were without their two leading scorers, forwards Marcus Morris (neck) and Julius Randle (personal). ... Utah has now won 16 straight games against teams with records below .500. ... New York's Bobby Portis picked up a flagrant foul in the third quarter, his second in as many games. ... The Jazz only turned the ball over seven times, while New York nearly matched that with only nine turnovers. ... Utah is now 14-3 at home and 10-5 against teams from the Eastern Conference.
The Jazz will remain at home to face the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. Tipoff is set for 7:00pm MT.