NEW YORK — The Jazz committed 20 turnovers in a 99-88 loss in New York Monday night. Second-year guard Jeremy Lin led the way for the Knicks (10-15), who were missing Amare Stoudemire and later Carmelo Anthony, as Utah (13-10) fell to 2-6 on the road.
GUARDS: Devin Harris and Earl Watson were burned throughout the game by the young Jeremy Lin, who started his career with the Golden State Warriors as an undrafted free agent last season. The Harvard graduate, who came into the contest averaging nine minutes per game, outquicked the 28-year-old Harris and 32-year-old Watson all evening in Madison Square Garden, scoring 28 points on 10-17 shooting, with eight assists. Watson was especially poor on the offensive end, registering no points or assists in 18 minutes. Raja Bell scored 15 points and helped quiet Landry Fields. Grade: C-
FORWARDS: The Jazz front line didn't take advantage of the absence of Stoudemire, who missed the game for personal reasons, and Anthony, who exited the game in the first quarter with a groin strain. Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors collectively struggled from the field, shooting a combined 6-18 from the floor, though starting forward Jared Jeffries shot just 3-9 for New York. Millsap turned the ball over five times, including a charge call late in the waning minutes of the game, when the Jazz were still within three possessions. Gordon Hayward filled the box score with 14 points, four assists and four rebounds. Grade: C-
CENTERS: Al Jefferson scored 22 points in 36 minutes, but grabbed just four rebounds. However, Millsap provided much of the glass-cleaning by ripping 13 rebounds. Enes Kanter was a non-factor, with zero points and one rebound in 12 minutes. Consider Monday night as one of those rookie games for the Turk. Grade: C-Comment on this story
BENCH: After a spectacular performance Saturday night against the Lakers, when the subs outscored the Los Angeles reserves 49-12, the tables turned, as they were outscored 40-19 by the New York bench. Steve Novak scored 19 points and combined with Bill Walker to hit eight three-pointers for New York. Meanwhile, the best the Jazz got was nine points and five fouls in 14 minutes from C.J. Miles. Grade: D
OVERALL: Utah once again proved they are quite awful on the road this season. Despite giving a superb performance just two days earlier against a team not far removed from three consecutive NBA titles, the Jazz were never fully in sync against a team missing their two best players. The lackluster performance is a bad omen for a team facing 21 of its next 34 games on the road. Grade: C-
Rhett Wilkinson is a journalism and speech communications major at Utah State University. He has previously been an intern for the Deseret News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Twitter: wilklogan