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Fontecchio Block Leads To Horton-Tucker Layup Against Knicks

Nov 15, 2022, 8:06 PM
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Simone Fontecchio #16 of the Utah Jazz warms up before a game against the Denver Nuggets at Vivint Arena on October 19, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio blocked New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson’s shot off the backboard, which led to a layup.

Knicks guard Jalen Brunson attacked the lane and thought he had a layup when Simone Fontecchio blocked his shot off the backboard, which turned into a fastbreak layup by Talen Horton-Tucker.

That gave the Jazz a 36-33 lead with 8:12 remaining in the second quarter. Through that point in the game, Fontecchio had six points, one rebound and one block on 2-for-3 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. Talen Horton-Tucker recorded eight points, one rebound, and two assists.

The Jazz suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season falling on consecutive days over the weekend to the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers.

New York meanwhile travels to Utah having lost six of their last nine games.

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The Jazz had two of their worst performances of the young season over the weekend dropping winnable games against the Wizards and 76ers.

Lauri Markkanen was largely unimpactful in the two outings despite averaging 16.0 points nad 7.5 rebounds. The Finnish forward had been putting up career numbers prior to the weekend’s double-header, but the Jazz were outscored by 28 points in Markkanen’s 66 minutes on the floor.

Several key Jazz players have struggled to shoot the ball during the mini-losing streak. Mike Conley connected on just 2-15 field goal attempts in the losses including 1-9 from the three-point line.

Rookie Walker Kessler has made just 2-7 from the floor in his last two outings, while Jordan Clarkson and Talen Horton-Tucker went a combined 18-50 for 36 percent.

After opening the season 10-3, the Jazz will need to find their stroke when they host the Knicks to get back to their winning ways.

The team will be without veteran Rudy Gay against the Knicks due to a left-hand sprain.

Prior to facing the Jazz, the Knicks reportedly held a players-only meeting in Utah in an effort to reverse their recent struggles.

The Knicks opened the season 3-1 before dropping six of their last nine.

The Jazz and Knicks is televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. The game will also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.

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