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Utah Gets Thrashed In New York

Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Mar 8 2011 @ 12:04 am In Utah Jazz | No Comments

Was it the cross country trip or the early start time? I’m just trying to figure out where the Jazz left there pride and defense at, Utah came into Madison Square Garden and got taken to the woodshed by the Knicks. New York beat the Jazz 131-109, at no point in this game was it remotely competitive. The Knicks jumped on the Utah from the start by winning the 1st quarter 40-24, yes the Knicks put up 40!! It didn’t get any better from there as the Knicks put up a 36 point 3rd quarter to start the second half, Carmelo Anthony(34 points) and Amare Stoudemire(31 points) combined for 65 points on 24 of 31 shooting!! Only a couple of Jazz players looked like they showed up to play and only one of them was a veteran, Al Jefferson. Big Al continued his strong play by scoring 36 points and grabbing 12 rebounds!! Jefferson didn’t get much help from his fellow starters as none of the 4 scored in double figures! Gordon Hayward and Derek Favors were aggressive in their time on the court though, both rookies scored in double figures. Hayward had 11 points and 3 rebounds while shooting 4 of 5 from the field, more impressive was his making 2 of his 3 three point attempts. Favors the rookie big man had 16 points and 8 rebounds, he shot 6 of 11 from the field and played 25 minutes coming off the bench. Utah’s defense was a no-show as they allowed the Knicks to 56% from the field and 50% from deep! New York connected on 13 of their 26 three point attempts, Toney Douglas(20 points) and Melo combined to hit 9 three pointers!! Utah needs to just forget this game even happened, up next the Jazz travel to Toronto to face the Raptors.

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