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Jazz Forward Danuel House Jr. Throws Down Mammoth Dunk Against Lakers

Mar 31, 2022, 10:01 PM
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Danuel House Jr. #25 of the Utah Jazz in action during the first half of a game against the Houston Rockets at Vivint Smart Home Arena on January 19, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz forward Danuel House Jr. threw down a nasty slam dunk during Utah’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Jazz hosted the Lakers at Vivint Arena on Thursday, March 31. It was House Jr.’s first game since March 14. He’d been out of the Jazz lineup with a knee injury.

With 27.1 seconds left in the third quarter, House Jr. picked off a bad pass by Los Angeles’ Talen Horton-Tucker.

The Jazz forward took the ball to the other end of the court on a one-man fast break and threw down an enormous slam.

House Jr.’s jam gave Utah a 99-85 lead at the end of the quarter.

Through three quarters of action, House Jr. had two points on 1-4 field goals. He added two rebounds and two steals during 14 minutes on the hardwood.

This season as a Jazzman, House Jr. is averaging 6.5 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting.

Lakers vs. Jazz

The Jazz will gladly welcome back Bojan Bogdanovic and Danuel House Jr. tonight when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on TNT.

Bogdanovic has missed the last nine games with a calf strain while House Jr. has missed eight games after suffering a bone bruise in his knee.

The Jazz have struggled mightily in their absences having lost six of nine games without Bogdanovic and five of eight without House Jr.

Bogdanovic is the Jazz second-leading scorer this season averaging 18.1 points per game while shooting an efficient 45 percent from the floor and 39 percent from the three-point line.

House Jr. is the Jazz best on-all ball defender and leads the team in three-point shooting percentage at 44 percent.

With both players now available against the Lakers, the Jazz are inching closer to a full rotation ahead of the playoffs.

The team will still be without Hassan Whiteside who has missed the team’s last three games with a sprained foot and is unavailable again against LA.

Reserve guard Trent Forrest suffered a concussion after taking a stray elbow from Rudy Gobert in the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday and is also unavailable against the Lakers.

Forrest’s concussion is his second this season and has no set return date. The second-year guard is on a two-way contract and would have to have his deal converted to a full-time contract if the Jazz want to keep him on the roster into the playoffs.

The Lakers will be shorthanded when they travel to face the Jazz. Neither LeBron James nor Anthony Davis will be in uniform tonight at Vivint Arena.

Utah’s game against Los Angeles is broadcast on TNT and The Zone Sports Network.

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