It wasn't pretty but the Knicks got the job done tonight with a victory over the Jazz. The Knicks entered the fourth quarter trailing by 5, after being down by as many as 12 late in the third. Tim Hardaway led the charge throughout the fourth and the Knicks rebounded from a tough loss against the Cavs.
This won't show up in the stat sheet but in the fourth quarter of tonight's game, Frank finally looked ready to shoot the basketball. Throughout this season, Frank has been hesitant to shoot, a trend he continued for the first three quarters and first few possessions of the fourth. However, when the Knicks needed him most, he stood tall and was unafraid to pull the trigger. He hit back-to-back jumpers at one point and then didn't hesitate as he took a 3 that would have given the Knicks the lead (he missed). He ended the game with only 7 points on 3/7 shooting.
The Knicks once again struggled to defend the 3, allowing the Jazz to shoot 17/35. The Jazz hit 10 3-pointers in the first half en route to a 10 point halftime lead. There always seemed to be an open man as rotations and closeouts came too slow, if at all. The Knicks will need to solve these issues if they are serious about trying to make the playoffs.
-THJ led the Knicks with 26 points, while racking up 6 assists and grabbing 6 rebounds
-Kristaps ended with 22 points, shooting 8/19 from the field
-Michael Beasley earned a DNP-CD for the second consecutive game
-Doug McDermott entered the game averaging only 2.2 rebounds, but grabbed a season-high 7 rebounds tonight
The Knicks take on a division foe in the Toronto Raptors on Friday in Toronto. It will be interesting to see how the Knicks stack up against a good team that is playing well as the Raptors come off wins over the Rockets and Pelicans. The Knicks will also look to solve their problems on the road as they are currently 1-3 away from the Garden.