UTAH JAZZ

Allen Shines In First Half Against Suns

Apr 3, 2019, 9:15 PM
Grayson Allen #24 of the Utah Jazz brings the ball up court in a preseason NBA game against the Ade...
Grayson Allen #24 of the Utah Jazz brings the ball up court in a preseason NBA game against the Adelaide 36ers at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 5, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – His number was called early and Utah Jazz rookie Grayson Allen came up with arguably the best half of his NBA career in the first half against the Phoenix Suns.

The Jazz came into the game heavily depleted at multiple positions. As such, Allen, who had only appeared in 33 games prior to Wednesday’s contest, was inserted into the game midway through the first quarter.

He didn’t disappoint, scoring 10 points in the first half on 4-of-5 shooting with two 3-pointers made.

Allen also shined on the defensive end with a block on Phoenix’s Josh Jackson at the rim.

For the season, Allen is averaging 3.8 points per game in 33 appearances. He spent considerable time with the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA G League, where he averaged 16.3 points over 12 games.

He was drafted with the 21st overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Duke.

At halftime, the Jazz led the Suns 56-53.

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