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Utah Jazz Drill Six Threes In First Quarter Of Season Opener

Oct 19, 2022, 7:45 PM | Updated: 9:05 pm
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The crowd and Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (2) react after Sexton hit a three point shot (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz got the regular season off to a great start after hitting six three-pointers in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets.

After the first 12 minutes of play, the Jazz had a 37-30 lead over the Nuggets. The Jazz shot 57% from the field and 6-of-13 from beyond the arc. Kelly Olynyk led the way with eight points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from downtown. Lauri Markkanen hit a three-pointer and finished the first quarter with seven points, two rebounds and three assists.

Jordan Clarkson added five points. 10 Jazz players appeared in the first quarter with nine of those players scoring.

New Faces On Jazz Season-Opening Roster

Kelly Olynyk – The tenth-year center was acquired in the Bojan Bogdanovic trade from the Detroit Pistons and started each game for the Jazz during the preseason.

Malik Beasley – The seventh-year guard joined the Jazz in the Rudy Gobert and figures to be a major part of the team’s offense, though he missed the team’s final two preseason games with a sprained ankle.

Lauri Markkanen – The sixth-year forward was acquired by the Jazz in the Donovan Mitchell trade and led the team in scoring during the preseason at 16.5 points per game.

Collin Sexton – The fifth-year guard was acquired by the Jazz in a sign-and-trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Mitchell, and will earn $71 million over the next four seasons.

Jarred Vanderbilt – The fifth-year forward was acquired by the Jazz in the Gobert trade and was a prominent part of the rotation during the preseason.

Talen Horton-Tucker – The fourth-year forward was sent to the Jazz by the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Patrick Beverley and was a fixture in the team’s second unit during the preseason.

Leandro Bolmaro – The second-year guard was acquired in the Gobert trade and was rarely used during the preseason but made the roster over Jared Butler.

Micah Potter – The second-year center signed a two-way contract with the Jazz but didn’t appear in any preseason games.

Ochai Agbaji – The rookie wing was acquired in the Mitchell trade from the Cavaliers after being selected with the 14th pick of June’s NBA Draft.

Simone Fontecchio – The Italian rookie forward joined the Jazz over the summer and played sparingly in preseason despite being the team’s only true free-agent signing.

Johnny Juzang – The rookie signed a two-way deal with the Jazz on draft night after going unselected out of UCLA.

Walker Kessler – The rookie center was acquired in the Gobert trade and was the Jazz most promising first-year player in each of the four preseason games.

The game is televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone.

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