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Markkanen Crushes Dunk On Alley-Oop From Conley In H-Town

Oct 24, 2022, 7:14 PM
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Lauri Markkanen #23 of the Utah Jazz dunks the ball in the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on October 21, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen rocked the rim with a mean slam dunk on an alley-oop from Mike Conley during Utah’s game against the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets hosted the Jazz at Toyota Center on Monday, October 24.

With 2:11 left in the first half, Conley floated a pass to a flying Markknanen, who caught the ball with one handed and proceeded to throw it through the cylinder for a big jam.

Markkanen’s dunk cut Houston’s lead to 46-43.

At halftime, the Rockets owned a 51-45 advantage of the scoreboard.

At the break, Markkanen had six points on 3-10 field goals. He added one rebound in 16 minutes on the floor. Conley had one point on 0-3 shooting, one rebound, four assists, two steals, and a block in 15 minutes of action.

This season, Markkanen is recording an average of 24.0 points per game on 48.1 percent shooting. Conley is averaging 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per contest.

Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 10 points as Utah went to the locker room.

Utah’s game against Houston is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and KSL Sports Zone.

Jazz vs. Rockets

On paper, the Jazz game against the Rockets was set to be the easiest of their three-game road trip.

However, after two overtimes, and a late flight to Houston from New Orleans, the Rockets may present a tougher test than expected.

Houston has yet to win a game this season, but battled hard against the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies before a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Second-year guard Jalen Green has taken a big step in his game for Houston averaging 23.7 points per game over the first three outings while shooting a blazing 47  percent from the three-point line.

Kevin Porter Jr. is averaging 19.0 points per game and is shooting 53 percent from beyond the arc.

The Rockets are one of the least experienced teams in the league but are loaded with lottery talent and have the rest advantage over the Jazz who are playing their third game in four nights, including back-to-back overtime games.

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