After what happened earlier in the week, with tough-luck losses in Milwaukee, Cleveland and Chicago, Utah Jazz fans might not have been able to handle another late-game heartbreaker.

Luckily, that didn't happen.

Then again, that was about the only merciful thing that happened Saturday night.

If there's one bright side to Utah's ugly and lackluster 113-84 dud against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, it's that the Jazz didn't squeeze their loyal supporters through an emotional ringer at the end of the game.

Unlike those first three setbacks in this road trip from L-L-L-L, however, the Jazz didn't blow another late-game lead.

This one was over before the halftime performers even warmed up.