Carmelo Anthony did all he could. He scored 46 points, including the Knicks' final 11, and tied their game against the Jazz with a banked-in three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left Friday night at the Garden.
But it was not enough.
Trey Burke hit a corner jumper at the buzzer to hand the Knicks their seventh straight loss, 102-100.
"I looked up," Anthony said, "and I was like, 'No, please.' I just wanted it to go to overtime."
The Knicks reached 100 points for the first time this season, received a season-best night from Anthony and still fell to 2-8. Anthony, whose tying shot was the only three-pointer he attempted, hit 16 of 26 shots.
The Knicks started the fourth quarter with this lineup: Jason Smith, Travis Wear, Cleanthony Early, Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni.
But this was not early garbage time; the Knicks trailed by only three. The red-hot Anthony needed a breather, Amar'e Stoudemire had the night off to rest his knees and Iman Shumpert was injured 55 seconds (right hip contusion) into the game and did not return. X-rays were negative.
By the time Anthony came back in with 8:06 to play, the Knicks' "B" squad had turned that three-point deficit into a two-point lead. And it grew to five on Prigioni's three-pointer.
Utah scored the next 11 points for an 87-81 lead, and Burke's three-pointer gave the Jazz a 94-87 lead with 3:02 left. But after Prigioni hit a jumper, Anthony scored the Knicks' final 11 points in a span of 1:35.
His marksmanship made the Garden crowd believe the game was going to get to overtime. But Burke had other ideas, sending Knicks fans home unhappy with his off-balance fadeaway jumper over J.R. Smith from in front of the Jazz bench. That put him in good position to be hugged by his teammates.
Gordon Hayward led Utah (4-6) with 33 points. Derrick Favors had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Burke scored 13. The Jazz shot 51.4 percent. Prigioni, who had 13 points, was the only other Knick to score in double figures.
Knicks coach Derek Fisher remained unbowed after the defeat. In an impassioned and memorable postgame speech, he spoke of his pride in his team's effort. And a lot more.
"Excitement. Belief in who we are," Fisher said. "That was New York City out there. That was New York City. You show up to the arena and you find out Amar'e is not playing and you already have two guys out. The first play of the game, Shumpert goes out. You have to be wondering if someone is playing a game.
"Guess what these guys did? They went out and fought as hard as they have all season. We had a chance to win this game. There are some things we still have to clean up. But if you question what these guys are made of, their commitment to the team, or if they are worried about themselves, go back and watch that game.
"That is a team right there. They are going to be rewarded. There is no quit in that team. That is all we need to see as coaches. That is all our fans want to see, what management wants to see.
"That's what this is about. It's easy to smile when it's going good. But what are you made of when it's going bad? We're going to keep our head up, our chest out and keep fighting. We have another game Sunday. We are going to come back to get a win."