Knicks' D smothers Jazz in second straight win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Larry Brown is getting his point across about defense.

Jamal Crawford scored 20 points and the New York Knicks held
Utah scoreless for almost 9½ minutes in the third quarter while pulling ahead for their second straight win, 73-62 over the Jazz on Monday night.

The Knicks set a team record for fewest points allowed in the shot-clock era and won for only the second time under their new coach. Although New York played the night before in a 105-95 win at Sacramento, it was the Jazz who looked weary while shooting
27-for-75 -- the worst percentage in team history (29.3).

"It was a low-scoring, ugly game," said Quentin Richardson, who had 12 points for New York. "We both slowed the game down. It
got ugly for a while."

After an 0-5 start, ugly was just fine for the Knicks.

Injuries hurt Utah, which had only 11 healthy players. Rookie Deron Williams led the Jazz with 18 points and five assists.

"When we did go inside, it was kind of like an adventure in there with the way we shot the ball a few times to see if we could get it up on the glass," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "They did a terrific job standing us up and taking us out of our offense and we
settled for that."

Eddy Curry added 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, and Stephon Marbury had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Knicks. Their previous mark since the shot clock was introduced 51 years ago was 63 points allowed to the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 21, 1999.

"We weren't really making a lot of shots. They weren't really making a lot of shots. I can imagine how it was for the fans, but for us to be the team that was on top, it was a great night for us," Curry said.

Utah was without starters Andrei Kirilenko (ankle), Keith McLeod (back spasms) and Gordan Giricek (tonsillitis). The young lineup, which included two players making their NBA debuts and another in his first start, struggled after taking a 40-37 lead early in the third quarter.

The Knicks scored the next 14 points while holding the Jazz scoreless from Andre Owens' layup with 10:45 remaining until Milt Palacio's steal and layup with 1:16 left in the period. Owens made his first start for Giricek, and rookies C.J. Miles and Robert Whaley made their NBA debuts.

The run put the Knicks up 55-44 entering the final period. They forced the Jazz into some poor shot selection with the clock winding down, and Utah was just 2-for-18 in the period.

"We don't have a choice," Antonio Davis said about Brown's emphasis on defense. "Larry won't let you play if you don't work on D."

Jazz owner Larry Miller was angry after his team scored only eight points in the third quarter. He spent the fourth standing next to the Utah bench, but it didn't help as the Jazz fell to 4-4.

"They probably did get a little bit intimidated, but they have to learn how to play at this level if they are going to be in this league," Sloan said.

Game notes
The Knicks improved to 2-2 on a six-game Western Conference road trip. ... This was the first time the Jazz played New York since former Knicks president Scott Layden returned to Utah as an assistant coach. Layden was fired by the Knicks in 2003. ... The Knicks won despite committing 21 turnovers and going 14-for-24 from the free-throw line.


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