SALT LAKE CITY — — Donovan Mitchell had 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 113-104 win over the New York Knicks on Monday night.
Mitchell also had four interceptions to help the Jazz earn their third straight victory. He played 36 minutes and felt exhausted at the end of the game in just his second game after an eight-game absence while under concussion protocol. But Mitchell hustled until the end to help open up a close game.
“Honestly, being outside you can see a lot of different things – what’s needed, what we can do better, what’s wrong,” Mitchell said. “For me, (I) find ways to impact the game outside of scoring, outside of things in attack – or even if it’s in attack, little things.”
Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 20 points for the Jazz. Mike Conley had 18 points and seven assists, and Jordan Clarkson had 16.
Julius Randle scored 30 points to lead New York. Mitchell Robinson added a season-high 19 points, a career-high 21 rebounds and three blocks. RJ Barrett had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Evan Fournier had 16 points as the Knicks lost their third straight game.
New York lost nine of 11 overall.
“We are six cents. 500, but I think we’re still fighting for something,” Barrett said. “Every team has their stretches, they lose three or win three or whatever. This is not the end of the world.”
The Knicks lost on the road after holding a lead to start the fourth quarter for only the third time this season. New York shot 5 of 20 over the final 12 minutes while committing six turnovers.
“Your margin of error on the road is much smaller,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I thought our turnovers put them out in the open and easily buckets out of them.”
The Jazz twice recovered from 12-point deficits and opened the fourth quarter with a 16-6 run to take a 98-92 lead. Royce O’Neale hit two straight runs – his first baskets of the game – to cap the run.
New York cut the deficit to 98-97 after a three-point play from Alec Burks. Mitchell fed Udoka Azubuike and Bogdanovic for the baskets to preserve the Jazz lead. He grabbed an offensive rebound to set up the first and stole the ball to set up the second.
He capped a 7-0 run with a three-point game, putting Utah up 105-97 with 1:08 left.
“We know what he can do offensively,” Conley said. “When we see (these games), it drives us all forward. We are very excited with how he approached tonight and finished the game.
The Jazz built a 10-point lead early in the third quarter when Azubuike dove to put Utah 68-58. Then the Jazz went cold on offense, scoring just one field goal in six minutes. Utah missed 13 of 14 shots and committed five turnovers in that span, allowing a Knicks run.
New York took the lead behind a 24-2 outburst. Randle capped the run with back-to-back baskets that gave the Knicks an 82-70 lead. He scored 15 points in the quarter.
Utah rallied, in part, allowing just six field goals in the final 15 minutes.
“It’s hard to step up, especially in such a physical game,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “But I thought our level of competition kept increasing as the game went on.”
Knicks: Quentin Grimes (left knee pain) and Kemba Walker (left knee pain) are out. … Robinson finished with at least 20 rebounds for the second time in his NBA career. … New York had just 11 bench points.
Jazz: Rudy Gay (right knee pain) and Rudy Gobert (left calf sprain) did not play. … Azubuike is averaging 11.7 rebounds over his last three games. He finished with a career-high 14 boards against New York and added a career-high three blocks.
Knicks: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
Jazz: Host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.