Jazz Guard Malik Beasley Completes Three-Point Play After Floater Against Wizards
SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz guard Malik Beasley hit a floater and a foul shot to complete a three-point play during Utah’s home game against the Washington Wizards.
The Jazz hosted the Wizards at Vivint Arena on Thursday, December 22.
With 10:24 remaining in the opening half, Beasley drove into the paint and floated a shot toward the hoop as Washington’s Will Barton fouled him.
Beasley went to the charity stripe and buried the foul shot to complete the three-point play.
The bucket and free throw gave Utah a 33-32 lead.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 23, 2022
Later in the second quarter, Beasley had nine points on 3-7 field goals. He added two rebounds and a steal during his first 10 minutes of action.
This season, the Florida State product is averaging 14.1 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting.
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Sexton Set For Return, Olynyk Out
The Jazz provided an update on their injury report Wednesday night.
Guard Collin Sexton, after missing the previous seven games, is available. Center Kelly Olynyk remains out with an ankle sprain.
Sexton has played 27 games for the Jazz this season, primarily as a sixth-man. The first-year Jazz guard is averaging 14.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and three assists per game with an effective field goal percentage of 53.9.
Olynyk, also in his first season with the Jazz, missed the final two games of the road trip after injuring his ankle against Milwaukee. In his tenth NBA season, the Gonzaga product is averaging 12.9 points, five rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Rookie Johnny Juzang will also be active as he recovers from a wrist injury.
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) December 23, 2022
Lauri Markkanen Making All-Star Case
Lauri Markkanen made another case for an All-Star spot as the Utah Jazz snapped their losing streak with a 126-111 win over the Detroit Pistons.
‘The Finnisher’, as he has become known to Jazz fans, tied his career high with 38 points to go with five rebounds in 36 minutes on the floor. He set a career-high with nine three-pointers on 13 attempts.
After spending four seasons in Chicago and a year in Cleveland, Markkanen may have found his NBA home with the Jazz.
Markkanen is averaging 22.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game on 63.1 effective field goal percentage with the Jazz. Those numbers are a far cry from his 16.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game prior to this year.
Fans can make their NBA All-Star selections here or on the NBA App.
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