Jazz beat Knicks 112-104

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Deron Williams had 24 points and 13 assists and the Utah Jazz beat the New York Knicks 112-104 on Monday night, rallying after blowing a huge lead at home for the second straight game.

The Jazz led by 24 early in the third quarter, but fell behind by a point in the fourth before regrouping and closing the game on a 20-11 run.

Carlos Boozer added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored 16 as the Jazz won their 15th straight home game.

Al Harrington scored 24 to lead the Knicks before getting ejected with two technicals for arguing a foul call with 22 seconds left. David Lee had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Nate Robinson and Jared Jeffries scored 11 each for the Knicks.

Paul Millsap had 12 points and seven rebounds and Ronnie Brewer scored 17 for the Jazz, who almost repeated their performance from two days earlier. Utah held a 21-point lead in the third quarter against Phoenix on Saturday, but needed to come from behind and win in overtime. This time, the lead was 24 early in the third quarter and the Jazz again watched a huge lead erode into a deficit.

Harrington hit a 3-pointer, Robinson added a free throw for a 3-second violation and Harrington added two more from the line during an 8-2 run that gave the Knicks the lead. Harrington's free throws got New York within 92-91, then Robinson stole the ball and broke for the basket, where he drew a foul from Williams.

Robinson hit both free throws and the Knicks were up 93-92 with 7:17 left. The Jazz fans who weren't booing were silent, stunned that Utah was behind in a game that seemed all but over just after halftime.

The Knicks' lead didn't last long. Williams drove through traffic for a layup and Paul Millsap made two free throws to get Utah going on an 11-3 run, which was too much for the Knicks to overcome this time.

Chandler's two free throws got New York within 108-104 with 30 seconds left, but Williams got the ball through a double-team to Korver, who was fouled and made both shots for a 110-104 lead with 22 seconds to go.

Harrington was called for an offensive foul on the inbounds play and had a blowup that cost the Knicks two more points. He was called for a technical for arguing, then another for continuing with the tirade.

The Knicks had stormed back in the third quarter, outscoring Utah 32-19 on 10-for-17 shooting. Harrington had nine points during the period as the Knicks got within 86-78 entering the fourth.

Notes: The Jazz outrebounded the Knicks 25-16 in the first half. ... Williams' eight assists in the first half were one fewer than the Knicks had as a team. ... The Jazz were 14-for-20 in the first quarter. ... The Knicks finished 25-for-34 from the foul line. ... Harrington made all eight of his foul shots and Robinson was 4-for-4. ... Knicks G Larry Hughes strained his right ankle in the second quarter and did not return. ... Boozer had a double-double before halftime with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Williams was close, scoring 18 to go with his eight assists as the Jazz shot 60.5 percent (26-for-43) in the first two periods. ... New York coach Mike D'Antoni was called for a technical as the officials reviewed whether Williams was attempting a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in the first half. Williams was inside the line, but with the technical got three foul shots anyway and made them all to give the Jazz a 67-46 lead at halftime.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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