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Dante Exum Makes Return From Injury With Steal, Dunk

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) dunks the ball after a pass interception during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Guard Dante Exum played in his first game for the Utah Jazz since suffering an injury last season.

Early in the second quarter, he made a splash in his return with a steal in the backcourt and dunking the ball with his right hand against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In the first half, Exum had two points, one steal and one block in 6 minutes of play. The dunk was his only field goal attempt.

Friday against the Grizzlies was the first time Exum had been available this season, and the first time since March 14 Exum was available to get rotation minutes for coach Quin Snyder — he didn’t play.

Exum stayed on the bench in a 107-106 loss to the Grizzlies.

Before the season, it was expected Exum would battle for backup guard minutes with Mudiay, with the winner being a part of a three guard rotation with Conley and Mitchell. Exum’s injury prevented him from competing with those minutes, and Mudiay assumed the role.

Against the Timberwolves, Bojan Bogdanovic had 13 points to lead the Jazz, Joe Ingles added 11 points off the bench.