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Lauri Markkanen Puts Defender On Skates, Finishes With Lefty Lay-In

Dec 20, 2022, 7:06 PM

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Utah Jazz players Lauri Markkanen and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY –ย Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen scored five quick fourth quarter points as Utah tried to pull away from the Detroit Pistons.

The Jazz took on the Pistons in Detroit on Tuesday, December 20. It is the third consecutive road game for the Jazz as they look to end the road trip with a victory.

Markkanen knocked down a corner three to give his team a twelve point lead early in the final period.

With Utah in front by nine following a Saddiq Bey three, Markkanen went to work.

Driving right to left past Marvin Bagley III, the Finnisher softly laid in his 33rd point of the night to give Utah a 102-91 lead.

Averaging 22.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in a surprise push for Aall-Star status in his first season with the Jazz, Markkanen has 35 points on 12-of-18 shooting against Detroit. He is 8-of-11 from deep tonight.

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The Jazz have come back to earth a bit after a fast start to the season. Utah has been up and down, with a 5-5 record in their past 10 games.

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This game is the second and final clash this season between the Jazz and Pistons. Back on November 23, the Pistons beat the Jazz 125-116 at Vivint Arena. That was Utahโ€™s second straight loss and would end up being a five-game losing streak.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 23 points. Kevin Knox II chipped in 21 points off the bench. Marvin Bagley III added 19 points. For the Jazz, Malik Beasley led the way with 29 points off the bench, including eight three-pointers. Jordan Clarkson finished with 24 points.

Jazz Look To Salvage Road Trip

After losing their first two games of the road trip against theย Milwaukee Bucksย and theย Cleveland Cavaliers, the Jazz are sitting at 17-16 entering Tuesdayโ€™s contest against the Pistons. Detroit comes in at 8-24 on the season and has lost two straight, and five of their last six.

Walker Kessler got the start in place of Kelly Olynyk, who was ruled out with a left ankle sprain. Kessler is averaging 6.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.

Watch Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons

The Jazz game against the Detroit Pistons is being broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass,ย andย KSL Sports Zone.

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Lauri Markkanen Puts Defender On Skates, Finishes With Lefty Lay-In