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News » Utah Jazz Getting Inside 2009-11-11

Utah Jazz Getting Inside 2009-11-11

Utah Jazz Getting Inside 2009-11-11Although they were able to open their four-game Eastern Conference trip with a victory over the Knicks, the Jazz struggled to inspire confidence in their ability to break a zone defense.

Following the Kings' lead in their Saturday victory over the Jazz, the Knicks employed a zone from the middle of the first quarter on. The Jazz survived in the end but went 6-for-18 in the fourth quarter and committed seven turnovers against the zone.

"We were a little better than what we were the other night, but not a lot," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We'll see a lot of that, I'm sure. People know that we don't shoot the ball that well out on the perimeter. Try to take away your inside game ... that's how they'll play us."

The Jazz are especially vulnerable against the zone as long as they are missing Kyle Korver and C.J. Miles, two of their three best 3-point shooters along with Mehmet Okur.

They hit 8 of 21 3-pointers against the Knicks, but that number was inflated by Andrei Kirilenko, who had four in the third quarter and matched a career high with five in the game. Deron Williams was 0-for-5, and Okur went 2-for-5.

"We had good stretches where we got some open shots," Williams said, "and then others where we got stagnant and couldn't find a good open look."

The Jazz will have the ability to practice their zone offense before Wednesday's game against the Celtics, who have been off since beating the Nets on Saturday. Boston has been one of the NBA's best defensive teams the last two seasons.

Having beaten the Knicks for their first road victory of the season, the Jazz will look to play better than they did in last season's 100-91 loss in Boston. Sloan said afterward that his players were intimidated starting in the first quarter.

JAZZ 95, KNICKS 93: The Jazz blew a 21-point lead in the second half and a 14-point lead entering the fourth quarter but held on for the victory. Knicks rookie Toney Douglas drove for two layups in the final 2 1/2 minutes but missed a 9-foot runner against Deron Williams with 2.1 seconds left that could have forced overtime. Mehmet Okur's follow-up with 1:16 left proved to be the winning basket in a roller-coaster game.

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