Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Deron Williams scored 24 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed seven rebounds, as the Utah Jazz held off the New York Knicks, 131-125, at EnergySolutions Arena.
C.J. Miles added 24 points and five boards off the bench for the Jazz, who have won two in a row and four of six overall.
Al Jefferson chipped in with 19 points and six rebounds and Raja Bell made four three-pointers en route to 18 points. Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko donated 17 and 14 points, respectively, for Utah, which had seven players in double figures.
“Well that’s a lot of points to score,” Utah head coach Jerry Sloan said. “I thought we had a half court game. I thought we had a lot of fun, our guys played well, we passed the ball well, we really did a nice job of giving the ball up. We had a tough time trying to stop them, and I think it kind of went both ways.”
Shawne Williams finished with 25 points off the bench for the Knicks, who finished a four-game road trip with a 2-2 mark.
New York closed out the first quarter on a 14-4 run to take a 32-31 edge.
With the score tied at 36-36 early in the second stanza, the Jazz put together a 15-4 flurry. Miles, Earl Watson and Mehmet Okur each tallied five points during the burst, which Watson capped with a free throw for a 51-40 lead with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
Utah took a 65-57 margin into the locker room.
Holding a six-point edge early in the third, the Jazz went on a 10-0 run to create some distance. Millsap bookended the burst with a layup and jumper to make it an 80-64 contest with under 7 1/2 minutes to go.
The Knicks put together an 18-6 run moments later to make a game of it. Williams tallied 13 points during the stretch, which Felton capped with two free throws to make it 92-90.
Williams finished the third with four free throws to give the Jazz a 100-94 margin.
Utah started the fourth on an 11-3 surge to put the game away. Miles had six points during the run, including a layup with under nine minutes to play to make it 111-97.
“We fought hard. Everybody played extremely hard,” Felton said. “I can’t ask for nothing else from my teammates. Everybody came ready to play. It’s a good team they hit shots, they hit a lot of shots. We got down but we fought back. I’m satisfied with the way we played but not satisfied with the overall outcome. But other than that I thought we played hard.”
Utah has won five in a row in Salt Lake City over the Knicks…New York was without forward Anthony Randolph (flu-like symptoms)…The Jazz made 58.4 percent of their shots, while New York shot 50.6 percent from the floor…Utah’s 131 points was a season-high…Wilson Chandler tallied 14 points and five rebounds for the Knicks…Okur had 10 points.