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Walker Kessler Flies In For Two-Handed Dunk

Jan 20, 2023, 8:34 PM

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Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (24) dunks over New York Knicks center Jericho Sims (45) in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The Knicks won 113-104. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Just after half in the game against the Nets, Mike Conley dumped off to Walker Kessler to set up a powerful fastbreak slam.

The dunk was the first points for Walker Kessler. He did much of his work on the boards early on.

The Jazz came back from an early deficit to take the lead in the third quarter.

Jazz Look For Rare Third Straight Win

The Jazz will look to win their third straight game for the first time since November 6-9 when they opened the season 10-3.

After Wednesday’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Jazz sit in the sixth seed in the West a half-game ahead of the 7th-10th ranked teams in the conference.

Sitting at 24-24, the Jazz will look to push themselves above .500 for the first time since December 30th when they sat at 19-19 and in 10th in the West.

The Jazz will be without Kelly Olynyk for the sixth straight game with an ankle sprain.

Forward Lauri Markkanen returned to the lineup on Wednesday with a 34 point, 12 rebound performance after a two-game absence due to a hip contusion.

Royce O’Neale Returns To Jazz

O’Neale returns to Utah for the first time since the Jazz traded him to the Nets for a 2023 first-round pick short before free agency opened in July.

The forward had been a key starter for the Jazz over the last three seasons averaging 6.9 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from the three-point line.

O’Neale is averaging a career-high 9.2 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 39 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three.

The Nets’ four-game losing streak coincides with Kevin Durant’s MCL sprain which he suffered on January 8 against the Miami Heat.

Utah Jazz And Brooklyn Nets Broadcast

The Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets will tip off Friday at 7 pm MT in Salt Lake City. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. It can also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.

Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.

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Walker Kessler Flies In For Two-Handed Dunk