Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/17

Game 1: Sunday, February 17th
Jazz92Final
Knicks89
Game 2: Friday, March 8th
Knicks85Final
Jazz79

Knicks 85

(23-37, 7-21 away)

Jazz 79

 

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, March 8, 2002

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 18 23 20 2485
    UTAH 18 18 28 1579

    Top Performers

    New York: K. Thomas 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl, 4 Blk

    Utah: K. Malone 25 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sprewell makes difference late in Knicks' victory

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Latrell Sprewell thought if the New York Knicks could hang around long enough he might have a chance to steal a rare road win against the Utah Jazz.

    Sprewell had two steals and six of his 19 points in the last 2:29 as New York snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 85-79 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

    "We got off to a good start and then we hung around," Sprewell said. "I was just in the right place at the right time at the end."

    New York coach Don Chaney was happy about that.

    "Sprewell stepped up big time late, especially hitting those free throws under pressure," Chaney said.

    Sprewell made a pair of free throws with 10.7 seconds to play, giving New York an 83-79 lead. He then stole Bryon Russell's inbounds pass and made two more foul shots to seal the victory, the Knicks' first over the Jazz in the last nine meetings.

    "We've never won here, ever since I've been a Knick and we've had a lot of tough games so it was great to come out with a win," Kurt Thomas said.

    Allan Houston led New York with 20 points, and Thomas added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Knicks improved to 2-1 since Chaney received a contract extension.

    "It's been a tough year not winning, but our team has stayed together," Thomas said. "It was a great team effort."

    Karl Malone led Utah with 25 points and 11 rebounds, but made only 11 of a season-high 29 shots. The Jazz shot just 36 percent, their second-lowest mark of the season.

    "You have to give the Knicks credit because they stroked us right from the beginning of the game," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.

    "We got down defensively, covered for each other and communicated," Chaney said.

    The game ended a five-game homestand for the Jazz, who beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night and are 9-3 in their last 12 games as they try to hold on to the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    "We win a big one (against the Lakers) and then lose one like this and have to go back on the road," Malone said.

    Howard Eisley, who backed up John Stockton for four seasons in Utah, scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter for the Knicks, who lost badly to Denver on Thursday night.

    "We really turned it around from last night's game and I have nothing but praise for the pride we showed," Chaney said.

    Sprewell capped a 10-2 surge with a baseline drive to lift New York to a 79-73 lead. He then stole the ball in the backcourt, but the Knicks failed to convert on the next two possessions.

    The Jazz made a last-ditch comeback when Malone scored and was fouled to make it 81-79 with 47.2 seconds remaining. But Malone missed the free throw and the Jazz didn't score again.

    After trailing most of the middle two quarters, the Jazz overtook the Knicks late in the third quarter with an 11-2 run, sparked by three Malone jumpers.

    Both teams struggled offensively, failing to hit 40 percent of their shots and committing a combined 43 turnovers. The difference was at the free-throw line, where the Knicks made 35 of 40 attempts compared to Utah's 13 of 19.

    Game notes


    Thomas has averaged 19.6 points and 13.8 rebounds and shot 64 percent in his last five games. ... When Stockton took a rest in the first quarter, Utah led 14-10. When he returned in the second period, New York led 27-18, a 17-4 swing. ... With 50.9 seconds left in the half, Malone, who was out of the game, and Weatherspoon, who was inbounding in front of the Jazz bench, got into a shouting match, and each received a technical foul. "Confrontation?" Malone said after the game. "That was no confrontation." ... Stockton, the NBA's career leader, needs 14 more assists for 15,000 after recording 14 Friday, his first double-digit assist performance in 11 games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NY
    UTAH
    Points 85 79
    FGM-FGA 24-62 (.387) 31-86 (.360)
    3PM-3PA 2-14 (.143) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 35-40 (.875) 13-19 (.684)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-35 18-49
    Assists 14 23
    Turnovers 21 22
    Steals 12 7
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 2 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 26 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Utah
    Kurt Thomas Thomas
    Points: 18
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 4
    Karl Malone Malone
    Points: 25
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0