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Toney Douglas impresses but the Knicks lose to Jazz

November 10, 2009
Jazz Knicks Basketball

Toney Douglas drops a Career High 21 Points on Monday

The Knicks five-game home winning streak against the Jazz ended last night as Deron Williams led the Utah Jazz with 16 assists to their first win at MSG in more than five years. Carlos Boozer and Andre Kirilenko both poured in 23 points and Mehmet Okur delivered a go-ahead basket with 1:16 left in the game to end the hopes for a Knick comeback. He finished the game with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The Knicks, who nearly redeemed themselves in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, have lost four straight with three of the losses coming at home. Rookie guard  Toney Douglas, who has seen a decent amount of time as the backup point guard, had a statement game scoring 21 points with 9 of those coming from a failed fourth quarter rally.

“Coach is always telling me to shoot the ball during practice and tonight my jumper felt really good,” Douglas said. “Whenever I’m on the court I’m trying to do whatever I can to help the team.”

The rookie completely outplayed his starting counterpart Chris Duhon who was seen on the bench cheering the neophyte as he penetrated on two consecutive drives to tie the score late in the game. Douglas, however, missed a potential game-tying basket at the buzzer.

Chris Duhon remains in a offensive funk. He finished the game on the bench as he woefully shot 2 for 7 and 2 for 5 from the field and charity stripe, respectively. Wilson Chandler and Larry Hughes had 17 points each and David Lee, who seemed to be the most consistent Knick thus far, finished with only 12 points.

The Knicks have struggled at the start of games this season and that trend followed  last night. They were down by as many as 21 in the 2nd half before they switched to a zone defense that nearly spurned a comeback. Al Harrington and Danilo Gallinari hit consecutive 3 pointers to start a 10-0 run and bring the Knicks within 1 at 83-84. The Jazz defense however buckled down in the remaining 2:30 and held on to win 95-93.

Nate Robinson who has been out with a sprained ankle may return to the Knick lineup by weeks end. Eddy Curry who has been injured since the 1st day of camp is set to return to practice today. The Knicks resume game two of their three-game home stand tomorrow when former Knick Jamal Crawford and the Hawks visit town.

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2 comments

  1. neophyte!!!!!!!!!!!! Cyldee lol


  2. lol@Justin…. you know a lot of people don’t like his color commentary but I love it… I think they need to throw Walt in with the ESPN guys like Van Gundy or Hubie Brown… thanks for the support though bro!!!!



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