Salt Lake City (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points and the New York Knicks rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 117-115 on Friday night.
Hardaway pulled up for a 3-pointer from the top of the arc and finished the four-point play after a foul, then added a dunk to give the Knicks a 109-100 advantage with 3:21 remaining. The fifth-year guard was 6 for 7 from behind the arc as New York shot 55 percent from 3-point range.
The Jazz missed three straight 3-pointers on one possession with less than 30 seconds left that would have tied the game at 115 after a late 11-2 run that included Joe Johnson's corner 3 and Rudy Gobert's three-point play.
Courtney Lee scored 18, and his 13-point third quarter helped the Knicks rebound from a 10-point deficit to take an 85-78 lead into the fourth. Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points.
Gobert had 23 points and 14 rebounds in his first game since Dec. 15 due to a sprained knee, but the second-team All-NBA center looked athletic in his return. He also had three blocks.
Rodney Hood had 18 points, while Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio each scored 17. >> Read more
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The Knicks carried a lead into the fourth quarter...and this time they finally sealed the deal. Why? Adjustments. Jeff Hornacek decided to let Trey Burke man the show in the backcourt and it worked. The Knicks backcourt carried the team, not the frontcourt...which has been accustomed to doing so.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was electric all night, showing his ability to score at a high level and taking it to the rack. Courtney Lee played well. Burke, against his former team that let him go, looked like he wanted to prove them wrong. Burke needs to be out there every night in the fourth quarter over Jarrett Jack. There's just no need for Jack to play in crunch time anymore. Let's see if Hornacek remains consistent with that move because it works and the fan base enjoys seeing it. Nobody wants to see a team keep losing with guys that won't be a part of the future in any way. Maybe the times are changing? It is the 18-26 Jazz though...
The Lakers will host the Knicks on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.