Gordon Hayward scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and the Utah Jazz outscored the New York Knicks by 10 points in the final frame of their 108-101 victory.
One game off of a career-high 38 points, Gordon suffered a hangover, as he simply couldn’t find the net in the early going Wednesday night. He finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
“I had some really good looks, some wide-open ones, to be honest,” Hayward said. “It’s funny how the game works sometimes. Have a career high the game before, can’t miss. Start tonight off, can’t throw it in the ocean.”
Fortunately, with No. 20 struggling early, the Jazz received an enormous contribution from big man Rudy Gobert. The Frenchman dominated the night with 35 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.
“He was big time,” Gordon said of Rudy. “He’s gotten so much better offensively this year.”
Despite the huge night by Gobert, the Jazz carried a three-point deficit into the final frame. G-Time played all 12 minutes of the fourth, going to work right away, following up a Jeff Withey bucket with a game-tying free throw. He followed that up with two more buckets, both of which tied the game once again.
Finally, the Jazz broke through as No. 20 gave them a lead for good with a 15-foot jumper off a George Hill assist. Utah led from then on out, and G-Time shut the door with three free throws in the final 40 seconds.
Up next the Jazz travel to Los Angeles to face off against the Clippers on Saturday night for a big time matchup in the battle for the four seed in the Western Conference.