SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz seemed determined to atone
for an embarrassing home loss two nights before. Playing the
slumping New York Knicks was just what they needed.
The Jazz wore down the road-weary Knicks in a 95-73 win
Wednesday night, extending New York's losing streak to six.
"We're trying to play with energy and you know, freshness
because last game was terrible for us," said Andrei Kirilenko, who
sparked the Jazz with another spectacular stat line.
Coming off a 102-80 loss to Boston, Utah came out sharp.
Kirilenko had 10 of his 12 rebounds by midway through the second
quarter and finished with his fifth double-double of the season
with 10 points.
The lanky Russian also had five blocks, six assists and six
steals as the Jazz improved to 11-2 at home.
"We're trying to stay with it and come back with the right
attitude. I think today we just helped each other play our game --
like we played before," Kirilenko said. "Sometimes a loss like
that ... It gave us a good lesson. We can't be relaxed with any
team in the NBA, even if it's not-so-good team."
Greg Ostertag scored a season-high 16 points with 12 rebounds
and the Jazz barely missed getting four double-doubles. Raul Lopez
scored 12 points with nine rebounds and nine assists, and Matt
Harpring had 22 points and nine rebounds.
DeShawn Stevenson added 14 points for the Jazz, who had two
straight and three of four.
"These guys are always trying to do the right thing. Sometimes
as young players they don't realize the importance of simple
things," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "They forget that, just
like we all forget the simple things a lot of times. To be
successful you have to have a constant reminder of those things."
The slumping Knicks, who led in the first half, collapsed in the
third quarter of their second game in two nights. The Knicks were
outrebounded 49-37 and shot just 28-for-79 from the floor.
"You're used to playing back-to-backs and things like that,"
Anderson said. "Having been out here for five games, it probably
has taken a toll on some guys, but that can't be an excuse."
The Knicks looked ready to return to New York around halftime.
The Jazz scored the last four points of the first half, getting
a tip-in from Ostertag just before the buzzer, then opened the
third quarter with a 12-0 run. New York went scoreless for the
first 5:19 of the third quarter and had seven turnovers.
Stevenson scored four points and Kirilenko took a steal in for a
two-handed dunk during the run, which finally ended when Keith Van
Horn made two free throws with 6:41 left in the quarter.
The Knicks opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run, cutting
it to 70-64 on a 3-pointer by Anderson, but Harpring scored four
straight points, then saved the ball from going out of bounds and
hit Bell with a pass for a layup that started an 11-0 run.
"I just think we were turning the ball over, moving it to our
sets real slow and giving them time to really adjust to what we
were doing," Anderson said. "When we started picking it up we
started getting back into the game, then we fell right back."
Game Notes: The Knicks were playing their third straight game without
leading scorer Allan Houston, who sat out with a sore right knee.
... Van Horn, a star at the University of Utah in the 1990s, was
the first Knick introduced and received a warm ovation. ... The
Jazz opened the game with a 10-2 run.