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Utah Jazz: Lottery beckons as Jazz slide continues against Knicks
Utah Jazz's Alec Burks (10) goes up against New York Knicks Kenyon Martin during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Knicks' Steve Novak (16) fights for a rebound against Utah Jazz's Alec Burks (10) and Marvin Williams (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) dunks as Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25), Mo Williams (5) and Alec Burks watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Knicks' Steve Novak, right, goes up past Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 113-84. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) dunks as Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) and Alec Burks watch during the second half of  NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 113-84. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Knicks' Raymond Felton (2) fights for a loose ball against Utah Jazz's Jamaal Tinsley during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 113-84. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Knicks' Raymond Felton, bottom, fights for a loose ball with Utah Jazz's Jamaal Tinsley during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 113-84. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) drives past Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams during the second half of the NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 113-84. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin argues with referee James Capers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks won 113-84. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Actors John Leguizamo, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, third from left, watch the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Utah Jazz, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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But Saturday against the Knicks, the accumulation of all the previous aches and pains, summed it up.

“It’s a crucial time of the season, man,” Marvin Williams said. “We’re at a serious spot right now.”

Against the Knicks, the Jazz hoped to exorcise some demons. New York was without Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, both sidelined with knee injuries.

And while the Jazz were without Paul Millsap, early on, it didn’t look like it would matter. Mo Williams, DeMarre Carroll and Randy Foye all made 3-pointers in the opening minutes and the Jazz led 11-4 before the Knicks ran off 15 straight points. When Utah rallied to cut the Knicks’ lead to 31-19, New York went on an 18-2 run.

Things got out of hand quicker than a Novak 3-pointer.

OK, so what of those 3s?

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The Knicks forward made five, including three during the slayer of a run that had the Jazz down 55-38 by halftime. Novak scored 20 points for the Knicks, while J.R. Smith led all scorers with 24.

“If it wasn’t a 3,” Marvin Williams said, “they were getting two free throws, and that’s very tough to stop.”

In basketball, you can either stop it or you can match it, and the Jazz did neither. They shot just 38.5 percent from the field, while the Knicks made more than half of their field goals.

A year ago, the Jazz got better late in the season. They pushed and fought until they reached the playoffs as the eighth seed. And while the players who were around for it remember those days, they aren’t sure how to replicate them.

“What needs to change?” Derrick Favors asked, repeating a question asked of him. He exhaled. “Hmm.”

He fidgeted and tied his left sneaker. His words came slowly.

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At a glance

Storylines Knicks 113, Jazz 84

The Jazz fall to 1-7 since Feb. 23 and 0-4 on the East Coast road trip.

» After the Jazz had a five-game edge on the Lakers on Feb. 22, the teams are now tied for eighth in the Western Conference.

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