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Jazz take control in 4th, defeat Warriors 104-98

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Jazz take control in 4th, defeat Warriors 104-98

Player(s) of the Game: Al Jefferson, who did not play in Utah's 99-92 overtime victory over the Warriors on St. Patrick's Day, registered 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks to help the Jazz keep pace in the race for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Jefferson wasn't alone, however, as point guard Devin Harris scored a season-high 28 points, including a career-best five made 3-pointers. He entered the game averaging just eight points over his previous five contests, and was shooting just under 33 from beyond the arc prior to tonight (he was 5-for-8 in this one).

Key stretch: The Warriors led 80-78 entering the fourth quarter, but Utah used a 18-6 run to take a 96-86 lead with just over 4:30 remaining.

Dorell Wright missed an open three with 21 seconds remaining that would have cut the Jazz lead to one. The shot looked dead on, but hit the front rim and skipped over and out.

Second quarter runs: The Warriors trailed 28-25 at the end of the first quarter, but made their first four 3-point attempts in the second, igniting an 18-2 run and a 43-30 lead.

However, the Jazz responded with a run of their own, dominating the final seven minutes of the half to tie it at 55-55.

Klay gets hot: Rookie Klay Thompson missed his first five shots, but finally got a jumper to go with 1:28 remaining in the first half.

The jumper gave him some confidence, as he netted 10 3rd-quarter points, and 11 4th-quarter points to finish with 23 -- the most he has scored since dropping 31 on the Kings on Mar. 24.

Entering the game, Thompson was 3rd in the league among rookies in scoring since Mar. 25, averaging 14.3 points per game.

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving (20.1) and Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas (17.9) are the only two rookies ahead of Thompson.

Career night for Tyler: Rookie center Jeremy Tyler set a career high with 14 points, 10 of which came in the first half.

His five rebounds and nine field-goal attempts were both the second highest totals on the season.

Jenkins with an ankle problem? Charles Jenkins seemed to be favoring his ankle in the fourth quarter and clearly wasn't playing at full strength.

The rookie from Hofstra had a very solid 1st quarter with 8 points and 2 assists, but picked up his third foul with 1:36 remaining in the opening period.

Mark Jackson inserted him back into the game late in the second quarter, but his foul trouble (along with an apparent ankle issue), slowed him down the rest of the way.

He finished with 8 points and 7 assists.

It may come as a surprise that entering the game, Jenkins was the 5th leading scorer among rookies since Mar. 25, at 13.9 points per game.

Thompson and Jenkins -- a starting rookie backcourt that is gaining valuable experience.

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Report: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

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Report: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

Carmelo Anthony has finally gotten his wish. He's about to be free from the rebuilding and dysfunctional Knicks. And he's headed to one of the more intriguing teams entering the 2017-18 season.

The Knicks have agreed to trade Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to multiple national reports.

In return, the Thunder would send center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to New York.

The deal will reportedly be finalized on Monday.

Anthony is the second marquee acqisition by the Thunder this offseason. They traded for All-Star forward Paul George earlier this summer.

Being singled out by Trump should be among Curry's greatest achievements

Being singled out by Trump should be among Curry's greatest achievements

So I guess the Warriors don’t need to have that White House meeting any more. And who’d have guessed it – the reason is that noted Trotskyite, troublemaker and rouser of rabbles, Stephen Curry.

Donald Trump withdrew the mythical White House invitation to the Warriors – again, in a tweet, where he does his most hilarious thinking – and singled out Curry of all people as a reason worth mentioning.

Curry. The quietest, most mild-mannered of public figures, the one who seeks the most placid path of daily existence, seemingly the most traditional of family men. He’s the problem.

I’d say you can’t make this stuff up, but you clearly don’t have to.

I don’t live Curry’s life – a fact which I am sure he regards as a very good thing – but I would like to think that being called out by this President is among his five greatest achievements.

He can arrange his family, his two championships, his college career and his friendships above it in any order he wishes, but having an invitation to the place that guy lives withdrawn in a tweet should be in his top five.

The invitation was mostly a conversational media gambit, in fairness. Nobody ever thought the Warriors would be invited, or that they would have gone if they had been. You could not have gotten Steve Kerr or David West to go at gunpoint, just to name two.

But you also could not have gotten Trump to stand next to the Warriors. Theirs was and is a symbiotic relationship built on utter revulsion.

But the fun part here is choosing Curry as the fulcrum. It’s as if one of his advisers thought Curry was the weak link that would make the Warriuors feel bad about themselves.

Except that we pretty much know that Trump doesn’t submit his tweets to vetting.

In fairness, though, Trump did do us all a favor. We no longer have to speculate on what might happen if a mythical invitation was proffered. We mercifully got to the end-game because the President doesn’t shut up. And because the Warriors can’t hide their nauseated faces when the topic comes up.

But Trump’s involvement might have slightly improved the team’s street cred by being the first team to be aggressively not invited by the White House to honor a championship since the Reagan administration. The Warriors may cause a lot of people’s teeth to grind for being so Warrior-y, but they sassed back the most sassable President since Richard Nixon. That counts for something.

But Stephen Curry singled out as the leading Bolshevik in the crew – now that’s funny. His family must be incredibly proud.