Knicks’ 117-13 loss to Jazz on Wednesday included Julius Randle’s lack of support

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Despite a fourth-quarter comeback, the Knicks lost 117-113 to the Utah Jazz to start their West Coast road trip.

New York started Jalen Brunson, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Donte DiVincenzo, and Jericho Sims for the second straight game after Mitchell Robinson’s injury.

In the first quarter, Randle scored 14 points, about half of the Knicks‘ 31. Randle received no offensive help other than Immanuel Quickley’s eight points off the bench on a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from deep. Brunson scored seven and Sims two in the first frame.

The Knicks went 0-for-9 from three-point range in the quarter without Quickley.

Randle’s 7-of-10 start helped them shoot 13-for-27 (48.1 percent) in the first and lead 31-22 thanks to good defense.

In the second quarter, Utah’s Lauri Markkanen outscored New York 8-6 in the first three minutes, followed by a 13-0 Jazz run with three threes that gave the home club a 43-37 advantage.

DiVincenzo’s put-back slam broke the Knicks’ scoring drought, but Utah countered with another three before forcing an eight-second error and scoring two easy points on a layup to go up nine.

Highlights

New York rallied with an 11-2 run to tie the game at 50, but two free throws in the final seconds gave the Jazz a 52-50 halftime lead.

Randle got zero points in the second quarter as the Knicks scored 19 after losing 14 in the first. The Knicks were 20-for-47 at halftime and 3-for-17 from three.

New York improved in the second half and kept it close for most of the third quarter, never trailing by more than seven points and even grabbing a brief lead. The Jazz scored 37 points in the quarter due to poor defense.

Barrett scored two points in the first half on 1-of-11 shooting, then seven in the third before Randle got his groove again and scored 16 points like he did in the first quarter.

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With 36.1 seconds left in the first, Quickley’s 31-foot three-pointer gave the Knicks an 84-83 lead, but Kris Dunn countered to put Utah ahead. Markkanen converted all three free throws after Isaiah Hartenstein fouled him on a three with 0.1 seconds left to give the Jazz an 89-84 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Knicks are 2-9 when trailing after three quarters this season, compared to 10-0 when leading. Utah was 5-0 this season and led in the fourth quarter.

The Jazz opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run to lead by 15 points. Their lead reached 17 points with 6:22 left.

To their credit, the Knicks never gave up and tried to claw back into the game. DiVincenzo hit back-to-back threes as New York’s sole scorers for five minutes. Brunson also scored. The ex-Villanova teammates outscored Utah 19-9 to lead by seven with a minute left.

After four straight free throws, the Knicks had two chances to tie the game with less than 30 seconds left, but Josh Hart and Brunson missed two decent three-pointers before Utah hit some free throws and won, 117-113.

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