The Utah Jazz rebound from a lackluster first half to beat the New York Knicks with a flurry of scoring in the second half.
The New York Knicks opened the first half against the Utah Jazz with a flurry of scoring, but couldn’t keep it up for four quarters. The Knicks were finishing up the final leg of a four-game road trip and it showed.
Austin Rivers looked phenomenal in the first half and RJ Barrett turned in another consistent performance, but it wasn’t enough to top the streaking Jazz. The Knicks fell 108-94 to Utah.
Austin Rivers Dominates Early
Austin Rivers has been mired in a shooting slump recently, but he broke out of that in a big way in the first half on Tuesday. Rivers went for 25 points on 10-for-10 shooting in the first two quarters. Foul trouble limited him to just 12 minutes and he never found his rhythm in the second half. He was held scoreless in the second half on 0-for-4 shooting.
A Tale Of Two Halves
This game was a tale of two halves. Rivers was only one Knick who came out hot before fading. The entire team stalled out in the second half. They were outscored 64-35 and went from leading by double digits at half to losing the game by double digits.
It was a tale of two halves for the Knicks.
Ice Cold Shooting
That second half by the Knicks was abysmal, but the fourth quarter was especially concerning. They converted on just four of their 18 shots in the quarter and were just 1-for-4 from deep after hitting nine of their first 23 triples.
The cold shooting couldn’t have come at a worse time. Their defense was also beginning to slip and thus, the game fell out of reach.
Quickley Comes Back Down To Earth
Speaking of cold shooting, Immanuel Quickley came back down to earth after his 31-point outburst against the Trail Blazers over the weekend. IQ dropped 21 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday, but he couldn’t carry that momentum into Tuesday’s game.
Quickley shot just 1-for-11 from the floor and was not a factor offensively.
Rudy Gobert Dominates
Rudy Gobert is earning his contract right now. The All-NBA center went for 18 points, 19 rebounds, and four blocks in 32 minutes against the Knicks. Mitchell Robinson looked capable and solid against Gobert for large stretches during this game, but it’s clear that the Frenchman is on another level.