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Jazz Forward Lauri Markkanen Throws Down Putback Dunk Against Blazers

Nov 19, 2022, 8:36 PM | Updated: 8:58 pm

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Lauri Markkanen #23 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket against Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of their game at the Vivint Arena November 7, 2022 in Salt Lake City Utah. (Photo by Chris Gardner/ Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Gardner/ Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITYJazz forward Lauri Markkanen threw down an early putback dunk during Utah’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers hosted the Jazz at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, November 19.

With 5:20 remaining in the opening quarter, Jordan Clarkson attempted a 15-foot pullup jumper that failed to fall to the bottom of the net. The ball bounced into the air before Markkanen collected it with his right hand and threw it through the cylinder for two points.

The forward’s putback cut Portland’s lead to 17-7.

During his first nine minutes on the court, Markkanen had a team-high nine points on 3-4 field goals. He added two rebounds.

This season, Markkanen is averaging 22.2 points per contest on 54.4 percent shooting.

Utah’s game against Portland is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA TV, and KSL Sports Zone.

Jazz vs. Trail Blazers

The Jazz follow up their impressive win over the Phoenix Suns with a tough back-to-back against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland owns the best record in the West at 10-5, just percentage points ahead of the Jazz for the conference’s top spot.

The Trail Blazers have jumped out to a hot start thanks to Weber State legend Damian Lillard who is back from last year’s abdominal injury that caused him to miss the majority of Portland’s games.

Lillard is averaging 27.6 points and 7.0 assists while shooting an efficient 44 percent from the floor and 36 percent from the three-point line.

Portland is just 1-2 in their last three games including a tough loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.

Former Jazzman Royce O’Neale tipped in the game-winner off a Kevin Durant miss with 0.7 seconds left to play as he finished with his first career triple-double recording 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Jerami Grant looks to be competing with the Jazz’s Markkanen as a first-time All-Star in the West.

Grant is averaging 20.1 points and 4.9 rebounds for Portland after the Trail Blazers acquired the dynamic two-way forward from the Detroit Pistons in the offseason.

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