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Utah Jazz: Jazz Outlast Knicks in Shootout

If you caught last night’s shootout between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks, chances are that you learned a lot about both teams. First of all, you learned that the Jazz can have an extended rest period (at least 3 days) and still perform at a high level without showing any rust. On Tuesday I had a post about the Jazz and their weak showings following 3 days rest. I said that the Knicks game would go a long way in giving credence to that concern or dismissing it completely. Scoring 131 points on 58% shooting from the field definitely dismisses that concern. The Jazz were ready offensively from start to finish as they were able to score at least 31 points in each quarter (I know, ridiculous!). Also, the Jazz were able to spread the wealth offensively as they had 7 players score in double figures. One player in double figures that was a big surprise was Mehmet Okur who scored 10 points in a game that he was not even certain he would play in earlier this week.

On the Knicks side, you learned about two guys named Shawne Williams and Bill Walker who each exploded with a plethora of points off the bench. Williams scored 25 points and Walker scored 23 points. After Bill Walker’s incredible 15-point 2nd quarter, Shawne Williams decided it was his time to shine; particularly from the 3-point line. Williams shot an amazing 7-8 from downtown, and he had people from all over wondering who he was. After watching his shooting display last night, I am not shocked that this guy leads the league in 3-point shooting percentage at 58.9%.

Watching the Jazz pull out that game, even after the Knicks battled back with the unbelievable amount of threes by Shawne Williams, truly shows that the Jazz do not fear anyone or any situation. The momentum had clearly shifted over to the Knicks towards the end of the 3rd quarter, but the Jazz did not let that phase them. They came out strong in the 4th quarter, and they swung the momentum right back in their favor. The way things were going before the 4th, it really looked like the Knicks were going to give the Jazz a taste of their own medicine with a huge comeback of their own. I guess fresher legs (because of rest) and mental toughness wins out when push comes to shove. Having the best point guard in the league helps too.

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REASONS THE JAZZ WON

– No starter scored less than 14 points.

– Deron Williams had an all-around performance falling shy of a triple-double by just 3 rebounds (24,12, and 7).

– CJ Miles had 24 points off the bench.

– They outrebounded the Knicks 36-26.

– They shot 58% from the field.

They held Landry Fields in check as he only had 8 points and 5 rebounds.

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REASONS THE KNICKS LOST

– Amare Stoudemire got into foul trouble early.

– Their defense couldn’t get stops when the game got close.

– The Jazz were ready to match their high scoring output.

– They only recorded one blocked shot.

– They couldn’t prevent Deron Williams from penetrating.

– Wilson Chandler was not shooting well from the outside.

Tags: Amare Stoudemire Bill Walker CJ Miles Deron Williams Landry Fields Mehmet Okur New York Knicks Shawne Williams Utah Jazz Wilson Chandler

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