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Austin Rivers scores 25 first-half points vs. Jazz

Will Austin Rivers miss in the second half?

Austin Rivers of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 24, 2021 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images

Tuesday is an Austin Rivers kind of day. The New York Knicks guard couldn’t miss in his team’s matchup against the Utah Jazz and shattered DFS contests everywhere with his performance. He pulled himself out of a shooting slump by lighting the opposition up from three.

Rivers scored a game-high 25 points in 12 minutes off the bench on a perfect 10-of-10 shooting. He made all five of his shots from beyond the arc. He was forced to the bench with four minutes left in the second quarter after committing his third foul of the game by elbowing Donovan Mitchell in the face on a drive. Rivers’ unexpected offensive explosion could’ve been even more impressive had he not made so many costly mistakes early.

Can Rivers’ hot hand carry over into the second half, or will he cool off and make way for some other Knicks to score? We’ll find out soon. For now, you can enjoy these highlights of him cooking.