NEW YORK (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points, including a key 3-pointer with 32.9 seconds left, to help the New York Knicks rally in the second half and beat the Utah Jazz 106-101 on Wednesday night.
New York trailed by 10 late in the third quarter but got its third comeback victory in eight days. Hardaway's 3 made it 102-98, and he added four free throws after that.
Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and Courtney Lee added 19 as the Knicks rebounded after blowing a 15-point fourth quarter lead in a loss to the Cavaliers on Monday night. Enes Kanter added 13 points.
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Rodney Hood scored 30 points off the bench and rookie Donovan Mitchell chipped in 19 for the Jazz, who dropped to 1-2 since losing star center Rudy Gobert for four weeks with a bone bruise in his right leg.
The Knicks trailed 85-77 after a 3-pointer by Utah's Thabo Sefolosha in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the final period before the Knicks seized control midway. >> Read more
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The Knicks in the fourth quarter at MSG have created absolute magic when they are trailing. They came back from down double digits to beat the Pacers, and they did it against the Hornets. They did it yet again tonight against the Jazz. Again, it was tough defense down the stretch that helped the Knicks get back in this game and take the lead. It wasn't Kristaps Porzingis that did it for them tonight, but a tremendous effort from Tim Hardaway Jr. on both sides of the ball.
Hardaway scored 26 points and made a huge three to essentially seal the deal and put the Knicks up four with 32 seconds to go. They took their first lead since the first quarter with under four minutes left in the fourth and the crowd was buzzing after being left quiet for most of the night. The Jazz were makes threes left and right. They made 10 of 18 in the first half. The Knicks slowed them down as the second half went on, and the Jazz had trouble scoring when they couldn't make shots from the perimeter.
This was a high character win for the Knicks. In the first half, it was looking like a trap game. The Knicks were coming off a tough loss to the Cavs. They are going up against a team that has injuries to their best players. They were stagnant for almost 75 percent of the game. Then their fourth quarter gene kicked in and they won it. This team has become must-watch basketball every night, and at 8-6, it's fun to watch. Win or lose, they are playing hard and fighting back from deficits and not giving up. That's New York grit. Now they hope that Courtney Lee and what looked to be a hamstring injury isn't anything serious.