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Lauri Markkanen Throws Down Crazy Alley-Oop Dunk On Dallas Defense

Mar 7, 2023, 7:24 PM

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Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (23) lands a big dunk over Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. (3) during the game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

DALLAS – In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Lauri Markkanen caught a body on his dunk off of an alley-oop pass.

The dunk over – gave Markkanen his 9th point of the night.

Talen Horton-Tucker threw Markkanen the pass. It was Horton-Tucker’s second assist of the night to go along with his 8 points.

The Jazz trailed by 14 despite the early highlights.

Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 40 of Dallas’ first 51 points.

Markkanen was the leading scorer for the Jazz with nine. Meanwhile, each member of the Mavericks trio had entered double-digits.

The Jazz, who have already ruled out guard Collin Sexton due to a strained hamstring will also be without starters Walker Kessler (non-Covid Illness) and Jordan Clarkson (finger sprain) who were both added to the injury report prior to the game.

The Mavericks meanwhile have listed Maxi Kleber as questionable with a hamstring injury, and JaVale McGee as doubtful with an injured ankle.

Kessler, Clarkson Out For Jazz

After losing their last three games the Jazz find themselves at 31-34 on the season and in a four-way tie with the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers in the West.

A loss to Dallas, teamed with wins from the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder could push the Jazz as far down as the 13th seed in the West in what would be their lowest ranking of the season.

The Jazz have been without Sexton since returning from the All-Star break and don’t expect the guard to return on their current six-game road trip.

Kessler was added to the injury report early Tuesday morning while Clarkson was added in the early afternoon.

The team will welcome back All-Star Lauri Markkanen who missed Sunday’s loss to Oklahoma City with a back injury.

Mavericks Looking For Chemistry

The new-look Mavericks will be searching for much-needed team chemistry against the Jazz. Dallas has lost seven of their last 12 games since acquiring guard Kyrie Irving.

Worse yet, Dallas is just 2-5 with both Irving and Luka Doncic on the floor with the playoffs rapidly approaching.

The Mavericks own the seventh-best record in the West at 33-32. They could potentially climb in the standings with a win over the Jazz if Minnesota loses to Philadelphia.

Dallas will look to clinch the season series against the Jazz. The Mavericks have already won two of the first three matchups this year.

Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks Broadcast

The Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks will tip off at 6:30 pm MST. 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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