NBA Game Summary - Utah at New York
(Monday, November 9th)
Final Score: Utah 95, New York 93
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Mehmet Okur scored the go-ahead bucket with 1:16 remaining in the game and the Utah Jazz beat the New York Knicks, 95-93, despite blowing a 21-point lead in the third quarter.
Okur finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Carlos Boozer led the way with 23 points and 14 boards. Andrei Kirilenko also scored 23 for the Jazz, who bounced back from a five-point home loss to Sacramento on Saturday night. Utah also snapped a five-game road skid against the Knicks, winning at Madison Square Garden for the first time since February 20, 2004.
Deron Williams had 16 assists for the Jazz, who also received 12 points from Ronnie Brewer.
"At the end of the game we got a stop when we had to," said Boozer. "We something we haven't been doing. In the fourth quarter we lost the last couple of games so I'm proud of ourselves winning tonight, but we have a lot to improve on."
Rookie Toney Douglas scored 21 for the Knicks, but his shot clanked off the rim and backboard as time expired. Wilson Chandler notched 17 points and 10 boards for the Knicks, who never led and fell to 1-7 on the season.
"We keep searching and hoping. There's little spurts, starts and stutters," said Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni. "We can work with this and try to get better."
A driving layup from Douglas cut New York's deficit to 93-91 with 2:15 remaining, and after Okur missed a three-point try, the Knicks tied the game on another Douglas lay-in, this one with 1:36 left.
Williams missed a jumper, but Okur sneaked inside for the rebound and go-ahead layup.
Al Harrington then missed a three-ball from the left corner, but Kirilenko couldn't seal Utah's win as he was off the mark from the right corner on a three-point try.
Defense then came into play for the Jazz as Larry Hughes had his jumper blocked by Brewer, but the Utah forward missed the ensuing jumper, leaving New York with 6.4 seconds left to work the ball inbounds after a timeout.
Douglas dribbled inside the arc and got past Williams, but his double-clutch shot didn't fall.
The Jazz used a 14-2 run early to grab a 22-10 lead with Brewer's three- pointer capping the burst. It was 25-18 after 12 minutes.
Utah's lead ballooned to 48-31 at the half and the visitors scored the opening four points of the third before the Knicks rallied. They trailed 78-64 moving to the fourth, but scored 10 in a row for an 84-83 deficit at the midway point on Harrington's jam.
The Knicks also started 1-7 in the 2002-03 season, when they dropped eight of their first nine games. Interestingly, the Knicks suffered their seventh loss that season also to the Jazz at MSG...Before Monday, the previous seven meetings between the Jazz and Knicks had been won by the home team...Utah guard Ronnie Price left the game in the second quarter with a sprained left big toe. X-rays were negative...David Lee had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Hughes also scored 12 for the Knicks. Harrington had 11 points.
11/10 00:33:41 ET