Mary Altaffer, ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — After what happened earlier in the week, with tough-luck losses in Milwaukee, Cleveland and Chicago, Utah Jazz fans might not have been able to handle another late-game heartbreaker.
Luckily, that didn't happen.
Then again, that was about the only merciful thing that happened Saturday night.
If there's one bright side to Utah's ugly and lackluster 113-84 dud against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, it's that the Jazz didn't squeeze their loyal supporters through an emotional ringer at the end of the game.
Unlike those first three setbacks in this road trip from L-L-L-L, however, the Jazz didn't blow another late-game lead.
This one was over before the halftime performers even warmed up.
"It's embarrassing when you lose like that," Jazz forward Derrick Favors said.
"Disappointed" was a word used by Utah coach Tyrone Corbin after the debacle, which can only brag that it's not as bad as the 45-point Houston humiliation.
Gordon Hayward, one of only three Jazz players in double figures, described the walloping as "another poor effort."
Al Jefferson hinted that the players' derrieres might've been sore on the flight home from the Big Apple after falling behind by 17 at the half and by as many as 32 to an undermanned Knicks club.
"Tonight, we just got our butt kicked," Jefferson said after scoring seven points with just four rebounds. "I don't know if it was fatigue or what the situation was, but they just kicked our butt."
Utah jumped ahead 11-4 after a Big Al bucket and 3-pointers from Mo Williams, Randy Foye and DeMarre Carroll.
Until Enes Kanter hit a 3-pointer at the end to make it a 29-point loss instead of a 32-point thrashing, that was about the highlight of this night for the visitors.
"We came out ready to play. We got off to a great start, played with a lot of energy," Jazz forward Marvin Williams said. "But it seemed like once they woke up, everything just started falling for them. They were really aggressive. They did what they had to do."
And the Knicks did that again and again and, well, you get the point.
Speaking of points, New York had three separate double-digit scoring runs, including a 15-0 spurt that quickly wiped away that early Jazz lead and put the Knicks up 19-11.
In the second quarter, New York had a 10-0 burst to go ahead 41-31.
In the third quarter, the Knicks' 10-0 surge put the Jazz in a 69-42 hole.
Just for fun, the home team gave New Yorkers one final eight-point blitz for a 98-69 advantage.
That just put the final touches on the Jazz's worst road trip since the team went 0-5 on a woeful cross-country journey in 2011, preceding the resignation of Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, Deron Williams being traded and the bottom falling out of the franchise.
"It's been a long trip, man," Marvin Williams said. "I think everybody here's excited to get back home and play in front of our fans, sleep in our beds. We didn't do what we set out to do."
Utah fell to 32-31 on a night when the starters — not counting Paul Millsap, who sat out with knee inflammation — combined to score a paltry 28 points. Yes, 28 points in the entire game. Mo Williams led the first five with eight points but only had four assists, and it got progressively worse with the other starters.
- Tournament central: 5A boys quarterfinals...
- High school boys basketball: Lone Peak...
- BYU football: Practice fights elicit smiles...
- BYU basketball: Bottom seed LMU knocks off...
- Catching up: Old friends Andre Miller, Alex...
- High school boys basketball: Davis survives...
- High school boys basketball: American Fork...
- CougarLinks: Daniel Sorensen deemed a winner...
- Utah basketball: Utes clip Cal in... 83
- BYU football: Practice fights elicit... 55
- High school boys basketball: 5A/4A/1A... 54
- UteLinks: A look at Utah's RPI breakdown 52
- BYU baseball: BYU beats Utah, 20-3 46
- Doug Robinson: Time to move on for... 42
- CougarLinks: BYU picked to win WCC... 28
- Former BYU quarterback John Beck signs... 22