Knicks PG Jarrett Jack wasn't worried about his box score yesterday despite it reading a triple-double.
Instead, Jack was fixed on the scoreboard at the end of the Knicks' 122-119 loss in double overtime. It was another overtime loss for the Knicks, which is why Jack believes he needed to give more to his team, no matter the numbers he put up.
"Yeah, a triple-double is cool, but we lost. That's just the way I look at things," Jack told NY Daily News' Peter Botte. "I look at things in terms of wins and losses. I've got to go out there and do more, whatever it is…Everybody has to step it up one more notch, that's what it's going to take to get to where we want to go."
Jack finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists on his way to his first triple-double in six years. He also became the older Knick to reach this feaet since a 36-year-old Mark Jackson did it back in 2002.
However, the Bulls made it just a moral victory for Jack, but don't tell the 34-year-old about those type of wins. They mean nothing.
"I'm not one for moral victories. My coach used to say stuff like we play good enough to lose," Jack said. "If losing doesn't get under your skin, I don't know what will in this game. We're a team kind of fighting and jockeying for postseason play.
"In the Eastern Conference, man, we have opportunities, but we can't waste them or keep letting games like this fall by the wayside, like we can just make them up."
The Knicks (19-22) have now lost eight of their last 10 games, and an even weirder statistic is their 0-3 record to the Bulls this season. The Bulls are 13th in the East at 15-27, but they have had the Knicks' number all season long.
The game may not have ended the way it did if Jack didn't have one costly turnover at the end of the second overtime. Down two, Jack looked up the court and saw a streaking Michael Beasley heading to the basket. But his pass flew over his head, and went out of bounds for a turnover with 18 seconds left.
Looking to make up for it, Jack heaved a three pointer to send it to a third overtime, but it only found iron.
So, while Jack might not be happy with a moral victory, head coach Jeff Hornacek is still impressed with how his veteran point guard is playing this season.
"The end of games, that's when he's usually good and focused in and not afraid to take the big shot," Hornacek said of Jack. "You saw that at the end even though he didn't make it, there was no hesitation in the shot. It was a great all-around game. He was going after the ball. He got rebounds for us. He made passes. He had a couople turnovers, but a great all-around game for him."