Collin Sexton Converts Tough And-One In First Quarter
NEW YORK – Jazz Guard Collin Sexton drove to the rim in the first quarter against the Knicks and made a tough layup while getting fouled.
Sexton flexed on the New York defense after making the shot.
ballin’ (and flexin’) like Collin Sexton 💪😈#TakeNote | @collinsexton02 pic.twitter.com/1XvQYiuiDE
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) February 12, 2023
In the second game after trading Mike Conley, Sexton came out of the gates strong as the starter. He recorded 7 points and 2 assists in the first quarter on a perfect 3/3 shooting.
At the end of the first quarter, the Jazz trailed the Knicks, 33-28. Utah’s shooting struggles were a big factor.
The Jazz (28-29, 10th in West) travel to New York to face the Knicks (30-27, 7th in East) in the second game of a back-to-back for Utah.
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4th Quarter Comeback In Toronto
The Jazz fell behind 111-98 with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter and looked dead to rights after a Pascal Siakam jumpshot.
But, after struggling to find an offensive rhythm against the Raptors’ defense for the first 43 minutes of the game, the Jazz turned to Markkanen, Kessler, and Kelly Olynyk and quickly erased the Toronto lead.
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The frontcourt trio scored 10 of the Jazz’s next 12 points. The Raptors lead fell from 13 to three in just over two minutes of game time.
The big lineup helped the Jazz outscore Toronto 39-20 in the fourth quarter. This included 22-5 in the final 5:17 as the team won the game going away.
The Jazz turned to a lineup of Sexton, Markkanen, Olynyk, Kessler, and Talen Horton-Tucker to close the game. This lineup scored on their final 11 possessions of the night.
.@utahjazz guard Collin Sexton has been dealing tonight#TakeNotehttps://t.co/Mtoei9Npd5
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) February 11, 2023
Sexton had one of his most complete performances of the season with 22 points, matching his personal best in a Jazz uniform while adding five rebounds, and six assists.
The guard shot an efficient 8-14 from the floor and 6-7 from the free-throw line in 37 minutes on the court.
Jazz & Knicks On Back-To-Back
The Knicks had won three out of four before falling to Philadelphia on the road 119-108 on Friday.
New York sits in the seventh seed in the East, just behind the Miami Heat.
The Knicks added guard Josh Hart from the Portland Trail Blazers at Thursday’s deadline. The Knicks traded Cam Reddish, Ryan Arcidiacono, Svi Mykhailiuk, and a lottery-protected first-round pick.
Tonight’s matchup by the numbers 📊 pic.twitter.com/lGJbfEwlHz
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 11, 2023
The Jazz fell to the Knicks 118-111 in November despite 27 points from Kelly Olynyk. Jalen Brunson scored 25 points and had eight assists for the Knicks.
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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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