After seventh straight loss, Knicks’ Fisher already celebrating moral victories

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Melo JazzIt wasn’t quite John Belushi in Animal House or Herb Brooks in Miracle, but Derek Fisher gave his most impassioned speech yet as the head coach of the Knicks.

It came from the heart and it was full of fire and brimstone, but in the end it was a speech celebrating a moral victory.

It was a speech delivered in the Madison Square Garden media room after Trey Burke killed the Knicks with a jumper  at the buzzer with J.R. Smith’s hand in his face to give the Utah Jazz a 102-100 victory.

With 2.3 seconds remaining, Carmelo Anthony had drained a 3-pointer off the window over Derrick Favors to tie the game at 100, leaving Anthony with 46 points, the most by anyone in the NBA this season, and many fans figuring the game was headed to overtime. To read more of this story, click here

Game Recap: Jazz 102 – Knicks 100

Result: Trey Burke hit a buzzer-beater to down the Knicks on Friday night.



Need to Know: Carmelo Anthony was able to tie the game with 2.3 seconds remaining, with a long three that rattled in the rim. But the Jazz were able to inbound it to Burke, who took it to the corner to hit a long two-pointer as time expired.

Anthony dropped 46 on the night, far and away leading the Knicks scoring. He hit just one three pointer in his sole attempt, went 13-of-16 from the charity stripe and shot 62 percent from the floor.

The next leading scorer on the Knicks was Pablo Prigioni, who had 13 points off the bench.

The other four Knicks starters — J.R. Smith, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and Iman Shumpert — combined for 15 points. Shumpert played just 55 seconds before leaving with a hip injury.

The Knicks dropped their seventh straight game.


Links: Recap | Box Score


What’s Next: The Knicks play the Nuggets on Sunday afternoon.


The Knicks fall to 2-8 after losing their seventh game in a row, 102-100, to the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden.

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Tonight’s Game: Jazz at Knicks

The Knicks welcome the Utah Jazz to MSG on Friday night.

The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on MSG and ESPN New York.

Carmelo Anthony, Iman Shumpert, Samuel Dalembert, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Shane Larkin are expected to start.

Amar’e Stoudemire (rest) will not play on Friday.


Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points and a season high eight assists over 32 minutes in one game versus the Jazz this season. Tyson Chandler posted 16 points and 11 rebounds over 23 minutes for his 13th double-double of the season. Chandler has posted 10 straight double-figure rebounding performances. J.R Smith added 17 points. Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward paced the Jazz with 18 points each in one battle with the Knicks.

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