Lauri Markkanen Goes Coast-To-Coast For Bucket During Jazz-Magic Game
SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen went coast-to-coast for a bucket after a defensive rebound during Utah’s game against the Orlando Magic.
The Magic hosted the Jazz at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 9.
With 9:02 remaining in the second quarter, Markkanen rebounded the ball after a Magic miss and proceeded to dribble toward the other end of the guard. The forward took the ball all the way from one end of the court to the other before making a layup.
Markkanen’s field goal gave Utah a 35-33 lead.
The Finnisher went from Vaasa to Helsinki with that one 🇫🇮#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/SwJvsRg6Wp
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 10, 2023
During his first 12 minutes on the court, the Arizona product has a team-high 13 points on 5-10 shooting. He added three reobunds and an assist during his time on the hardwood.
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This season, Markkanen is averaging 25.3 points per game on 51.3 percent shooting, including 40.9 percent from three.
The Jazz vs. Magic game is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and KSL Sports Zone.
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Clarkson Out, Kessler Questionable
The Jazz will look to snap their four-game losing streak when they face the Magic.
The Jazz are 0-3 to start their six-game road trip and haven’t won a game since beating the San Antonio Spurs on February 25 in Salt Lake City.
The Magic have lost two straight after a solid start to the new year.
Both Jordan Clarkson and Walker Kessler remained on the Jazz injury report after missing Tuesday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Clarkson has a sprained finger on his left hand and will miss the game while Kessler is dealing with a non-Covid illness. The standout rookie center is available in Orlando.
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— KSL Sports (@kslsports) March 10, 2023
Kris Dunn and Damian Jones got extra minutes in Clarkson and Kessler’s absence and made the most of their opportunity.
Dunn extended his six-game streak of double-digit scoring with the Jazz finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in 24 minutes off the bench.
Jones meanwhile added seven points and recorded six rebounds in 24 minutes.
The Jazz will also be without guard Collin Sexton as they look to snap their losing streak who is missing his seventh straight game with a hamstring injury.
UPDATED @UtahJazz Injury Report (as of 3/9):
*OUT – Jordan Clarkson (left hand – fourth finger sprain)
*AVAILABLE – Walker Kessler (non-Covid illness)
OUT – Micah Potter (G League – Two-Way)
OUT – Collin Sexton (left hamstring strain)
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) March 9, 2023
Magic Playing Near .500 Basketball
After a slow start to the season, the Magic began to pick up momentum beginning in January.
Orlando had won 14 of 27 outings since January 4 before dropping back-to-back games to the Portland Trail Blazers and Milwaukee Bucks to open the week.
The Jazz represent the third game in a four-game homestand for the Magic which will conclude on Saturday against the Miami Heat.
Forward Jonathan Isaac is out after suffering a season-ending quad injury last week. Center Wendell Carter is also out due to a hip injury.
The Magic are led in scoring by the young duo of rookie Paolo Banchero (20.0 ppg) and second-year forward Franz Wagner (18.8 ppg).
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