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Kristin Murphy,
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) passes the ball around New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during a basketball game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

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.

3 keys

  • 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.
Jazz almanac: 18-27, Lost 1

Next 3

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.