SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz never led in the fourth quarter and came up short in a back-and-forth game Friday night, falling to the New York Knicks 117-115 at Vivint Arena.
The turning point: Trailing 115-112 with 32 seconds remaining after two missed free throws by the Knicks, the Jazz missed three 3-point attempts on one possession and New York put the game away at the free-throw line.
The hero: Tim Hardaway Jr. had a game-high 31 points, five rebounds and three assists. Rudy Gobert had 23 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots in his first game after missing the last 15 games with a sprained PCL in his left knee and a bone bruise in his tibia.
- New York took control in the third quarter, outscoring Utah 36-23 in the period, including a 15-8 run to start the third.
- The Knicks won the turnover battle, 17-12.
- New York outshot the Jazz from the field, 49.4 percent to 46.2 percent.
Vs. Los Angeles Clippers (23-21), Saturday, 7 p.m. MST
At Atlanta Hawks (13-31), Monday, 5:30 p.m.
At Detroit Pistons (22-22), Wednesday, 5 p.m.