Knicks vs Jazz – Second-half surge leads to a win for Knicks

Tom Thibodeau has this team playing elite basketball down the stretch. His team proved that once again in Knicks vs Jazz. After trailing by as much as 18 points, New York came out strong in the third quarter and put it away in the fourth by outsourcing the Jazz 78 to 44 in the second half to win 112-100. The Knicks, 5-3, are now two games over .500. 

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Julius Randle continues to play at an exceptionally high level. In his latest performance, Randle finished with 30 points, 16 rebounds, and seven assists. Austin Rivers had his best game of the season by providing 23 points off the bench. 

The 40-minute men

Three members of the team played over 40 minutes in Knicks vs Jazz. That included Randle, Mitchell Robinson, and Elfrid Payton. Randle and Payton were so effective while playing on the floor that they finished with a +/- rating of +25. If you were Thibodeau, would you want to take them out of the game either?

Donovan Mitchell contained in Knicks vs Jazz

Mitchell has the potential to go off at any given moment but the Knicks did a great job of handling him defensively. Mitchell scored 18 points on 8-of-23 shooting, which included 2-of-10 from three-point range. His play was ranked so poorly that he was given a -20 while he was on the floor, the worst among all of his teammates. 

Third-quarter reset

After trailing by 12 points at halftime, the Knicks outscored the Jazz 34-19 in the third quarter. That included 20 points in the final five minutes of the frame. Behind Randle and Barrett, the Knicks pounded the paint, made their free throws, and helped set up a 78-75 Knicks lead heading into the final quarter. 

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The Knicks are on a winning streak. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? The team has won three straight games, including five of their last six. While it may be early in the season, the team is trying to change the narrative that this team is not a playoff pretender. 

Austin Rivers shines off the bench

Rivers played just his fourth game of the season but gave the Knicks the scoring effort off the bench that the team desperately needed. His 23 points in 32 points came off of 9-of-14 shooting. The Knicks play about eight players each night. Kevin Knox II is the player they hope Rivers can be but he is not consistent enough. To take down tough teams, Rivers needs to continue to thrive in this role. 

Free throws mattered in Knicks vs Jazz

The Jazz shot poorly from the charity stripe, shooting just 6-of-11 for 54.5%. The Knicks shot 14-of-19 for 73.7%. With the Knicks winning by 12 points, it’s clear that the five missing points plus the eight extra attempts helped New York pull away in the end. 

Looking ahead

The Knicks will attempt to win their fourth game in a row. New York will play next on Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are 3-4 on the season and are coming off a 111-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. 

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