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article imageNBA: Knicks put on show for fans as they beat the Jazz 131-109

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 8, 2011 in Sports
New York - In front of a star-studded crowd the New York Knicks put on a scoring clinic notching 131 points as they hit the 120-plus mark for the twelfth time this season. Chauncey Billups sat out his fourth game with a thigh injury, but the Knicks still flourished.
This is the second meeting of their two game season series, and the last time these two teams met the Utah Jazz (33-21) pulled off the victory over the New York Knicks (33-29). The Jazz hosted the Knicks on January 12, 2011 and beat them a 131-125 loss. The Knicks hosted the Jazz this time and returned the favor, but it was not as close on Jazz end as they lose by 22 points.
The teams opened the game trading baskets till the Knicks went on a 13-2 run that gave them an 18-8 read forcing the Jazz to take a timeout. Jefferson cut the lead to eight, but the Knicks came with another flurry with a 10-4 run that had all the points scored by Stoudemire and Douglas. The score was 28-16 and Anthony hit a 3-pointer to stretch their lead, but Favors cut it down with a layup. Douglas then hit a 3-pointer and Melo made a layup to push their lead to 18 points.
At the 2:21 mark the Knicks took a timeout, and Melo came to hit a jumper to push the lead to 18. Miles of the Jazz hit a jumper of his own to cut the Knicks lead to 16 points and that was where it stood as the period ended with the Knicks up 40-24.
Shawne Williams (5 points) opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer for the Knicks that gave them a 19 point lead early. The Jazz cut the Knicks lead down to 14 points and the Knicks called a timeout. The Jazz continued to try and cut into the Knicks lead, but the teams were just trading baskets till Melo hit a 3-pointer that pushed it to a 15 point lead.
At the 4:33 mark Douglas hit a 3-pointer for New York that pushed their lead to 17 points. The teams battled going into halftime, but the Jazz could not catch a break as the Knicks finished the half with a 66-48 lead behind a Melo 3-pointer and a pair of Stoudemire free-throws.
Al Jefferson had a monster game with 36 points to lead his team and the game. Jefferson also had 12 rebounds to help the Jazz outrebound the Knicks 41-35. No other starter scored more in double digits with Raja Bell being the closes with nine points. The rest of the starters for the Jazz only mustard four points apiece.
The bench was big for the Jazz with three players scoring in double digits. Derrick Favors scored the highest point total of his career with 16 points along with eight rebounds. Gordon Hayward was 2-3 from behind the arc for 11 points, and C.J. Miles added 12 points with Earl Watson chipping in nine and eight assists.
Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points with Amare Stoudemire scoring 31 to lead the Knicks to victory. Toney Douglas came up big with 20 points going 5-7 from behind the arc and dished out six assists.
All the players that dressed up for the Knicks scored except for Jared Jefferies who was 0-2. Sheldon Williams came off the bench to score 13 points with six assists and five rebounds.
The Knicks kept their lead at 18 points to begin the third quarter, but they pushed it 23 points behind Stoudemire who scored six points and a Douglas 3-pointer. The Jazz called a timeout, but were still cold as the Knicks came out on a 10-2 run that pushed their lead to 31 points. The Jazz went on a 6-0 spurt to cut into the Knicks lead 62-87.
The Knicks built their lead back up to 26 points with a Melo 3-pointer and a pair of Shelden Williams free-throws. New York hit the 100-point mark before the third period was even over of Shelden 3-point play that made it 100-70. The Jazz scored four more points and Anthony hit a jumper as the New York took a 102-74 lead into the fourth.
Stoudemire scored 14 points in the third as he sat the entire fourth quarter. Anthony also sat out the final period as well with the duo combining to make 24-31 shots for the and 65 points.
The fourth quarter was all bench play for the Knicks, as some of the Jazz starters stayed on the floor. The Knicks were up by 29 points when Bell and Hayward hit back-to-back 3-pointers. The Jazz finished the final period hard to win the only quarter they won all night beating the Knicks 35-29.
The Knicks are now sitting in the sixth spot in the Eastern conference playoff picture jumping ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers.
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