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Markkanen Throws Down Alley-Oop From Horton-Tucker Against Clippers

Nov 21, 2022, 9:05 PM | Updated: 9:26 pm
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Lauri Markkanen #23 of the Utah Jazz dunks as Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Jonas Valanciunas #17 defend during the first half of a game at the Smoothie King Center on October 23, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen rocked the rim with a slam dunk on an alley-oop from Talen Horton-Tucker during Utah’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers hosted the Jazz at Crypto.com Arena on Monday, November 21.

With 5:17 remaining in the opening quarter, Jazz center Kelly Olynyk stole the ball from Ivica Zubac and send the ball ahead to Horton-Tucker, who started a fast break. Six seconds later, Horton-Tucker tossed the ball towards the hoop and into the outstretched arms of Markkanen.

The Finnish forward caught the ball before throwing it thunderously through the cylinder for a jam.

Markkanen’s dunk tied the contest at 15-15.

During his first nine minutes on the court, Markkanen had a team-high nine points on 4-7 field goals. He added two rebounds.

Horton-Tucker recorded one assist during his first five minutes on the hardwood.

This season, Markkanen is averaging 22.3 points per game on 54.4 percent shooting. Horton-Tucker averages 7.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, and 0.8 steals per contest.

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

Jazz vs. Clippers

The Jazz will be without Mike Conley after the veteran suffered a knee strain in the team’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Utah can clinch an early season road sweep of the Clippers after winning the series’ first game in Los Angeles on November 6.

Lauri Markkanen scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the previous win, while Collin Sexton added 17 points off the bench.

Late in the game, it was Sexton’s heroics that earned the Jazz the victory.

Sexton earned five trips to the free-throw line, finished a layup through contact, and dunked the ball off of a Kelly Olynyk to seal the 110-103 win.

The Jazz haven’t swept two games on the road against the Clippers in one season since 2010-11.

Mike Conley will miss his first game of what is reported to be an extended hiatus after hyperextending his knee Saturday in Portland.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Conley avoided serious injury, but will be out of commission for at least two weeks.

Conley is averaging 10.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 0.3 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 29.2 minutes per game.

Kawhi Leonard likely to play vs. Jazz

After missing 13 of the Clippers’ first 15 games of the season Kawhi Leonard is expected to suit up for the third straight game Monday night against the Jazz.

Leonard has suffered continued knee soreness since returning to the lineup after tearing his ACL in the Clippers’ second-round playoff series victory over the Jazz in 2021.

The superstar forward is averaging 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 22 minutes per game in his four appearances this season.

While Leonard is likely to play, Paul George was ruled out Monday before the game.

The forward left Saturday’s win over the San Antonio Spurs due to right knee soreness.

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