Knicks fall apart in 4th quarter as Utah Jazz steal a 114-109 win at the Garden


Kristaps Porzingis (c.) has a rough fourth quarter as the Knicks fall to the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

The Knicks collapsed in the fourth quarter.

After leading for most of Sunday afternoon, the home team was outscored by 11 points through the first half of the final period and lost, 114-109, with the defense failing yet again.

Kristaps Porzingis was embarrassed down the stretch by Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who dunked over the Latvian and rejected him at the rim. Gobert’s jam with 2:30 remaining gave the Jazz a nine-point lead, giving the visitors a clear path to victory.

Carmelo Anthony scores 28 points in a losing effort for the Knicks at the Garden.

The tone was set for the fourth quarter by Jeff Hornacek’s decision to sit out all his starters to start the period, rather than stagger their minutes. The Jazz (4-3) responded with a 7-0 run in less than two minutes to take an 85-80 lead. That went up to nine on Rodney Hood’s 3-pointer with 6:05 remaining.

New York (2-4), which lost its second straight home game, never recovered. It allowed the Jazz to shoot 50 percent on the day, with Gordon Hayward dropping 28 points – half of which came from the foul line.

Derrick Rose scores 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 28 points and nine rebounds. Porzingis also had 28 points with seven boards. Derrick Rose was again successful getting to the rim while dropping 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. But Joakim Noah spent more than half the game on the bench as the Knicks decided to play small, scoring just four points.

It was an encouraging start for the Knicks, who picked up where they left off in Chicago while building a 10-point lead in the first quarter behind Porzingis and Anthony. The pair combined to score 24 of New York’s first 26 points, but foul trouble limited Porzingis for the remainder of the first half. He played just two minutes in the second quarter and a lead that was up to 13 dwindled to 5 at the break, then 2 after the third quarter.