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Jazz Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker Completes Three-Point Play Against Nuggets

Dec 10, 2022, 8:37 PM

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Utah Jazz guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (6) dribbles around Los Angeles Lakers guard Max Christie (10) during an NBA game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. The Jazz won 139-116. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITYJazz guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker completed a three-point play after making a tough basket during the second half of Utah’s road game against the Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets hosted the Jazz at Ball Arena on Saturday, December 10.

With 8:58 to go in the third quarter, Alexander-Walker got Denver’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to bite on a pump fake and jump into the air. After the move, Alexander-Walker drew contact with the Caldwell-Pope and banked a shot off the glass.

The Jazz guard went to the free-throw line and buried a foul shot to complete a three-point play.

Alexander-Walker’s play cut Denver’s lead to 70-63.

Midway through the quarter, Alexander-Walker had a season-high 21 points on 7-10 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the arc. He added two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

This season, the Virginia Tech product is averaging 4.9 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting.

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

Jazz vs. Nuggets

The Jazz face a difficult turnaround as they hop on a plane and travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Saturday night.

The Nuggets are coming off a thrilling 121-120 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night in Portland.

Jamal Murray hit a clutch three-pointer with 0.9 seconds left over Jerami Grant to give the Nuggets the victory.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Denver which has struggled over the last month.

After opening the season 8-3, the Nuggets are just 7-7 since November 11.

Murray is listed as probable for Saturday’s game against the Jazz due to a left knee contusion.

The All-Star guard is coming off a torn ACL and was slow to find his rhythm to open the season. However, Murray has scored 20 points or more in seven of the Nuggets’ last ten games while shooting 42 percent from the floor and 36 percent from the three-point line.

Meanwhile, Nikola Jokic has continued his run of MVP level through the first third of the season for Denver. The superstar leads the Nuggets in scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals at 23.5 points, 10.0 boards, 8.9 dimes, and 1.2 steals.

The Jazz represents the first game in an advantageous stretch for the Nuggets who will play six of their next seven games at home concluding with a matchup against the Phoenix Suns on Christmas Day.

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