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Jazz Forward Lauri Markkanen Rocks Rim, Throws Down Nasty Dunk On Knicks

Feb 11, 2023, 7:01 PM | Updated: Feb 13, 2023, 4:41 pm

SALT LAKE CITYJazz forward Lauri Markkanen put Jericho Sims on a poster with a massive slam dunk during Utah’s road game against the New York Knicks.

The Knicks hosted the Jazz at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, February 11.

With 10:33 left in the third quarter, Collin Sexton fed the ball to Markkanen as the Finnisher rolled to the rim. The Jazzman rose up and posterized Sims with a nasty right-handed hammer dunk.

Sims fouled Markkanen on the play and sent the forward to the free throw line.

After a lane violation on his first attempt, Markkanen sunk a foul shot to give Utah a 63-62 lead.

After the jam, Markkanen had 11 points on 4-14 field goals. He added four rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes of action.

This season, the Arizona product is averaging 24.7 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting. He ranks No. 18 in the NBA in scoring. Markkanen also averages 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 34.2 minutes per game.

 

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Utah’s game against New York is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and KSL Sports Zone.

Jazz vs. Knicks

The Jazz face the Knicks on Saturday night with both teams on the second night of back-to-back games.

The Knicks had won two straight and three out of four before falling to the Philadelphia 76ers on the road 119-108 on Friday.

New York sits in the seventh seed in the East just behind the Miami Heat for the sixth and final guaranteed playoff spot in the conference.

The Knicks added guard Josh Hart from the Portland Trail Blazers at Thursday’s deadline in exchange for little-used Cam Reddish, Ryan Arcidiacono, Svi Mykhailiuk, and a lottery-protected first-round pick.

The Knicks are expected to see Hart make his debut on Saturday, while the Jazz could have both Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damian Jones in uniform.

The two new Jazzmen joined the team in New York after clearing physicals early Friday.

“They’ll both have opportunities for them to get to know us and us to get to know them and see how we can help,” Jazz general manager Justin Zanik said. “[We will] see if there’s an environment here where there’s something going forward.”

Toscano-Anderson averaged 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 30 appearances with the Los Angeles Lakers this season while Jones added 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22 games.

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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