Solid Bogdanovic helps Jazz secure a comeback win over Knicks

2022-02-08 05:07
Credit: USA TODAY Sports - Scanpix
Credit USA TODAY Sports - Scanpix

Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and the Utah Jazz (33-21) erased a double-digit, second-half deficit to defeat the New York Knicks (24-30) 113-104 (28-28, 31-29, 23-29, 31-18) Monday night in Salt Lake City.

Mitchell spearheaded a late game-clinching, 11-1 run, and finished with seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals to help the Jazz win their third game in a row.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 points, Mike Conley Jr. added 18 points and seven assists and Jordan Clarkson returned from missing two games due to a knee injury to score 16 points for Utah.

Player of the Game
Donovan  Mitchell
EFF
29
Donovan Mitchell
Points 32
Accuracy 13-26
Rebounds 7
Assists 6

Julius Randle scored 30 points, Mitchell Robinson contributed 19 points and 21 rebounds and RJ Barrett fired in 23 points, but New York lost a third straight and fell for the ninth time in 11 outings.

After Utah erased the Knicks' early 21-9 lead in the first quarter, the teams went into halftime with the Jazz up 59-57.

The third quarter went from one extreme to the other. Utah scored nine of the first 10 second-half points to go up by 10.

However, after a Udoka Azubuike dunk at the 9:53 mark, the Jazz didn't score again until Mitchell made a layup five minutes later.

The Knicks took advantage of Utah's nine straight missed field-goal attempts, scoring 17 consecutive points to seize a 75-68 lead. Randle matched New York's biggest lead of the game with back-to-buckets for an 82-70 lead after a 22-point turnaround in 6 1/2 minutes.

Clarkson helped the Jazz get back into it, hitting a 3-pointer that was followed by a Trent Forrest layup and then ending the quarter with tip shot as Utah pulled within 86-82.

The Jazz regained the lead at 92-89 after a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter and went ahead 98-92 a moment later after a pair of Royce O'Neale treys.

Already without Rudy Gobert (calf), the Jazz lost a second center with five minutes remaining when Hassan Whiteside fouled out. Azubuike stepped up to the challenge, though, scoring on a dunk off of a nice Mitchell offensive rebound and pass to end a five-point run by the Knicks. He also grabbed four key rebounds down the stretch.

Jazz: Donovan Mitchell 32 (11/16 2PT, 2/10 3PT, 7 REB, 6 AST, 4 STL, 4 TO), Bojan Bogdanovic 20 (4/7 2PT, 2/7 3PT, 6/6 FT), Mike Conley 18 (3/7 2PT, 2/10 3PT, 6/6 FT, 7 AST), Jordan Clarkson 16 (3/9 3PT).

Knicks: Julius Randle 30 (8/15 2PT, 2/5 3PT, 8/12 FT, 6 REB, 5 AST, 5 TO), R.J. Barrett 23 (7/18 2PT, 1/7 3PT, 6/8 FT, 7 REB, 6 AST), Mitchell Robinson 19 (8/11 2PT, 21 REB, 3 BLK), Evan Fournier 16 (4/8 3PT).

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