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Utah Jazz keep pace with Lakers as West’s worst, losing badly at Knicks

The Utah Jazz kept pace with the rest of the NBA worst on Friday, March 7 -- losing 108-81 to the New York Knicks.

The Utah Jazz walk off the court after a loss.
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Normally you’d talk about highlights -- if they were about your team. But for the Jazz, there weren‘t any -- as the hometown Knicks, who are just as bad as Utah, strutted their stuff behind 29 points and eight assists from Carmelo Anthony.

To make matters worse for the Jazz -- who were never in this game -- Anthony scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter.

Even J.R. Smith forgot about the tattoos that are his body -- as the walking contradiction shrugged off mounting criticism to score 17 points, swishing five three pointers like he was the second coming of Reggie Miller.

"The last two games we had no choice [but to win]. Time is somewhat running out and every game is important. Tomorrow night's game [at Cleveland] is a big game for our ballclub in terms of us maybe taking another step to the eighth spot [...] It's a competitive thing and somebody's gonna get it. I just hope it's us,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said in his post-game press conference.

One thing is for sure; the Jazz will definitely not be getting an eighth seed in any playoffs this season. Now officially tied with the Los Angeles Lakers as the worst team in the West, Utah played like it wanted the season to end tomorrow -- shooting 41 percent from the field and an absolutely abysmal 22 percent from three.

Forward Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 18 points but he also led the team with three turnovers. Trey Burke played 37 minutes and scored four points -- which tells you just about everything you need to know about this night for the visitors.

The Jazz are now in a three-way tie with the Lakers and Boston for the fourth worst spot in the NBA -- or fourth best, if you’re Sorry for Jabari -- with 20 games left.

Next up for Utah: a quickie roadie at even lowlier Philadelphia on Saturday, March 8 and a chance to cement itself as a serious contender for the No. 1 pick in June's NBA Draft.