Jazz Guard Malik Beasley Hits Three, Clarkson Assists Against 76ers
SALT LAKE CITY – Jordan Clarkson responded to a fast 76ers start, breaking down the defense before finding Malik Beasley for a deep three.
The Jazz (22-23) are hosting the Philadelphia 76ers (25-16) at Vivint Arena on Saturday, January 14.
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Trailing 9-2, Clarkson took a defensive rebound into the front court. After being picked up by former All-NBA guard James Harden, Clarkson blew past Harden before finding Beasley for a wide open three.
In a slump of late, Beasley is looking to breakout as the Jazz play without Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton tonight. He is 2-of-5 from three for six first quarter points.
Philadelphia is clicking on all cylinders early as they lead 32-19 with three minutes left in the quarter.
Ochai Agbaji Showing Signs of Development
For the first time this season, Walker Kessler had some competition from a fellow Jazz rookie for the most recognition over the last week.
Ochai Agbaji had by far his best stretch of the season after being inserted into the regular rotation last week against the Houston Rockets.
Ochai Agbaji throws down the hammer 🔨 pic.twitter.com/WCGUiel8pp
— Jazz Nation (@JazzNationCP) January 6, 2023
Over his last three games, Agbaji’s stats have varied widely, scoring a career-high 19 points on a perfect 7-7 shooting against the Chicago Bulls 7-7 shooting against the Chicago Bulls, before a scoreless outing in Sunday’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
But beyond his scoring, Agbaji found a way to impact the games in his last two outings notching seven combined rebounds and recording his first multi-assist game.
Ochai Agbaji is impacting the game buy running and crashing the glass.
Will Hardy said before the game that teams are closing out on him harder after his two big games last week.
Good to see him upping his rebounding and assist numbers.
— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) January 14, 2023
Additionally, he still makes some defensive lapses that are rarely seen at the NBA level.
Delta Center Returns
On Saturday morning, the Smith Entertainment Group announced that the Utah Jazz home arena was reverting to the Delta Center for the first time since 2006.
Welcome home to the Delta Center ❤️ pic.twitter.com/j4EGnCeL1K
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 14, 2023
Though the arena name will be rebranded as the Delta Center beginning in July of 2023, Vivint will remain an integral partner for the Jazz. The tech giant announced it had extended its partnership with the Jazz through 2030.
“The new agreement between Vivint and the Jazz, which will go into effect on July 1, 2023, contains a number of significant provisions, including Vivint retaining the rights to its acclaimed courtside suite as well as its current ticket packages throughout the arena,” the company announced in a release.
“Vivint will also continue to have a meaningful presence inside the arena with in-game promotions and advertising packages, on-court digital signage, as well as social media activations and other various public promotional activities.”
The Delta Center naming rights with coincide with the 50th season of basketball for the Jazz.
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