Jazz Gaming (5-8) were only six minutes away from staying in the postseason picture. However, their opponents, the already-playoff bound Knicks Gaming (5-8), outscored them 39-21 in the fourth quarter and overtime to crush their dreams with a 94-87 loss.
The Knicks started off on a 12-4 run before the Jazz made a 17-point turnaround by the end of the half, leading by 10 heading into the break. Their awakening was not only sparked by the usual Jazz suspects for success Yeah I Compete and MrSlaughter01, but also Deedz, who looked comfortable at the small forward despite just recently stepping into the role. He had a complete first half, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting as well as putting up 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Although the Jazz had a good handle on the third quarter, their defense began to break down with the start of the fourth quarter. Iamadamthe1st, who struggled from three-point range all game, found his shot and his teammates, ending the game with 31 points and 21 assists. Those were mostly dealt to IdrisDaGoat6, who also helped on the perimeter, and GOOFY 757, who bashed the boards for 24 points and 16 rebounds.
The Knicks’ late surge sent the game into overtime where, after three minutes of back-and-forth play, the game rested on one final Jazz possession. With the game on the line, iamadamthe1st made a heartbreaking steal at the top of the key, sealing the game for New York and spelling the end of Utah’s playoff hopes.
Next week, the Jazz will play for pride as they look to trip up 76ers GC before the playoffs, while the Knicks will take to the court one hour before them to face Wizards District Gaming.