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Nickeil Alexander-Walker Sparks Jazz Bench With Four Threes Against Suns

Nov 26, 2022, 9:15 PM | Updated: 9:18 pm

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Nickeil Alexander-Walker (6) of the Jazz goes for a layup while being guarded by Christian Wood (35) of the Mavericks in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. The Mavericks won 115-101. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Jazz guard Nickiel Alexander-Walker sparked the bench by hitting four three-pointers against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker was playing key minutes for the Jazz in the fourth quarter and kept the team in the game with a couple of three-pointers. His first triple came in the second quarter to give the Jazz a 35-25 lead. The second three came later in the second quarter to give the Jazz a 40-31 lead. His third triple came in the fourth quarter to put the Jazz up 84-81 with 11:02 remaining. Minutes later, NAW hit his fourth triple to put the Jazz back on top, 93-92.

Alexander-Walker finished the game with 12 points on 4-for-4 from the three-point line in 16 minutes.

Jazz vs. Suns

After falling to the Warriors on November 25, the Jazz have no time to lick their wounds as they jump back on a plane and head to face the Suns in Phoenix.

The Jazz have lost six of eight, sandwiching a two-game win streak last week with three-game losing streaks including the one their on heading into Phoenix.

Coincidentally, one of the Jazz’s two wins came against the Suns a week ago Friday in a 134-133 thriller.

Lauri Markkanen scored a career-high 38 points on a mega-efficient 15-18 shooting, including several huge baskets late in the fourth quarter.

Devin Booker scored 49 points and nearly recorded a triple-double dishing out 10 assists and grabbing eight rebounds in the loss.

Chris Paul missed the game due to a heel injury and has yet to retake the floor for Phoenix.

The future Hall of Famer has missed eight consecutive games for the Suns who are 5-3 in his absence after a 108-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Paul is averaging 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 9.4 assists, and 1.7 steals per contest in 10 outings with the Suns this season.

Mike Conley will miss his fourth straight game after straining his knee a week ago against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Suns are 12-6 on the season, and 10-1 at home after knocking off the Pistons and own the best record in the West.

The Jazz meanwhile sit at 12-9 and fell to 6-7 on the road with Friday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors.

There is positive news on the horizon for the Jazz, however. After facing the Suns they return home where they will play eight of their next nine games in Utah.

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