Fontecchio gets off to strong start and Utah – with a rediscovered Markkanen – beats Knicks

The win-shortened Utah Jazz, thanks to a balanced attack throughout the roster, beat the Knicks 117 to 113 and broke a three-game losing streak thanks in part to a very good Simone Fontecchio.

Collin Sexton scored 26 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23 in his return after an eight-game absence, and Simone Fontecchio and Talen Horton-Tucker each added 15 points in Utah’s win over the Knicks. The Jazz were without starters John Collins (illness) and Jordan Clarkson (hamstring).

The Jazz had one of their most balanced matches against the Knicks, with a new player carrying the offensive load in each quarter. Fontecchio led the Jazz in the first period, scoring 8 points on 2 of 5 shooting and collecting 4 rebounds. Markkanen dominated the second quarter, scoring 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including 2 of 4 from the small post.

Walker Kessler was the Jazz’s best player in the third quarter, scoring 7 points, grabbing a rebound and blocking a shot, but causing far more problems for the Knicks defensively than the score suggests. In the fourth quarter, it was Horton-Tucker who scored 13 points on 6-9 shooting as the Jazz fended off one last Knicks breakaway.

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