Jazz vs Knicks: Game 4 of the West Coast Trip

Tonight, the New York Knicks will try to conclude a four-game road trip above .500 while the Jazz look to extend their past success over New York.

The Knicks stand at 22-15 and they are just seven wins shy of matching their total from last season, and they have already surpassed their total of road victories by going 12-8 so far.

The Knicks are 2-1 during their current four-game trip, all against Western Conference teams that reached the playoffs in 2010. On Tuesday, they beat Portland 100-86, holding the Trail Blazers to 34.9 percent shooting and 4 of 18 from 3-point range. Another large reason the Knicks were able to hold off the Trail Blazers was because of their ability to get into the paint early on. They limited LaMarcus Aldridge’s playing time to just seven minutes in the entire first half.

Last night Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire got back on track after an off night in Los Angeles. Raymond had 17 points, 14 assists, and 3 steals. While Amar’e had his 22nd straight 20+ point game netting 23 points and eight rebounds.

The Jazz have a lethal point-guard in Deron Williams and it will be crucial for the Knicks to come out firing tonight. This season the Jazz have been known for eliminating large late game deficits.

To get another win on this trip and to end 3-1 the Knicks will have to be attacking all night. They cannot step back onto their heels because the Jazz will climb right back into this game.