Brunson, Knicks send Jazz to third straight loss 118-111

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jalen Brunson had 25 points and eight assists as the New York Knicks beat Utah 118-111 on Tuesday night and handed the Jazz their first home loss of the season.

“We stuck together for four quarters,” Brunson said. “When they made a run, we just looked at each other and said, ‘It’s time to tighten it up,’ and just kept fighting.”

Cam Reddish scored 19 points, R.J. Barrett 18, and Julius Randle 15 for the Knicks, who shot 47% from the field in their third road win of the season.

“I think we just had more of a sense of urgency,” Randle said. “Guys came in prepared today and were ready to go. Got a great win.”

Kelly Olynyk had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Jordan Clarkson finished with 15 points and Malik Beasley14 as Utah lost its third straight game. The Jazz had won six straight games at home.

“You have to make two and three efforts and I thought we did that,” New York coach Tom Thibodeau said.

The Jazz built an 80-73 lead late in the third quarter after Beasley made three baskets during a 16-7 run. But Utah quickly fell behind in the fourth, struggling to play at a faster tempo against New York’s defense.

Immanuel Quickley drove for a layup and hit back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel a 24-6 run that put the Knicks up 107-93 with 4:45 left. Brunson punctuated the run with back-to-back jumpers.

Utah scored on four straight possessions and cut the deficit to 111-105 on a pair of free throws from Olynyk with 2:31 remaining, but the Jazz were unable to get any closer.

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