Jazz Clobber the Knicks

Jazz Clobber the Knicks

March 21, 2019

Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Rudy Gobert added 18 points and the Utah Jazz romped to a fifth straight lopsided victory by beating the Knicks, 137-116, at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

“We just got punched,” Knicks Coach David Fizdale said. “After we got punched, it was like, what victory can I find? Let’s win the second half and we did accomplish that, which I was happy with. But, we took a real serious right hand and never recovered.”

Joe Ingles made six 3-pointers and also scored 18, while Mitchell made five 3-pointers as the Jazz finished 20 of 42 (48 percent) from behind the arc.

The Jazz led by as much as 37 in a game that was even easier than their other recent easy victories.

The Jazz, which clobbered the Knicks at home, 129-97, on Dec. 29, trailed for less than a minute of this one and were shooting 63 percent through three quarters.

“We’re trying to get better each game as this kind of finishes off here,” Ingles said. “And if that’s winning by 15, 20 or 1, or 40, whatever it is, we’re just trying to get better with each game and I think we’ve been doing that.”

Kevin Knox scored 27 points and Mario Hezonja had 23 for the Knicks, who lost for the 10th time in 11 games in the opener of a six-game homestand.

The Knicks played without starters Dennis Smith Jr. (back) and Noah Vonleh (right ankle). However, Frank Ntilikina (groin) appears close to returning after being sidelined since Jan. 28.

Mitchell, a native of Elmsford, N.Y., put on a good show for his home fans, shooting 12 of 20 and throwing down one particularly sharp dunk in the first half.

The Jazz led 39-25 after one, and pushed it to 50-29 on Ingles’s 3-pointer in the second. The lead grew to 30 early in the third, and peaked at 100-63 midway through the period.

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