Lauri Markkanen Throws Down Dunks On Miami Heat
SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen rocked the rim with a pair of slam dunks during the third quarter of Utah’s game against the Miami Heat.
The Heat hosted the Jazz at Miami-Dade Arena on Monday, March 13.
With 9:27 remaining in the quarter, Kelly Olynyk dished the ball off to the Finnish forward, who slammed it through the cylinder. The jam gave Utah a 65-64 lead.
A couple of minutes later, Markkanen drove for a slam after receiving a pass from Ochai Agbaji. The forward’s second dunk put Utah in front, 69-67.
The @utahjazz lead the @MiamiHEAT 85-82 with 2:41 left in the third quarter.
Markkanen continues to be unstoppable with 32 points. #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/GvAMIvJ564
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) March 14, 2023
Markkanen is averaging 25.2 points per game, which ranks No. 14 in the NBA. The Arizona product is also averaging 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 0.6 steals in 34.4 minutes per game.
Utah’s game against Miami is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and KSL Sports Zone.
Jazz vs. Heat
Utah will wrap up their season-long six-game road trip Monday night in Miami. The Jazz opened the trip with three consecutive losses but rebounded with back-to-back wins over the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets. The Heat meanwhile are looking for positive momentum to prepare for the playoffs after a disappointing season so far.
The Jazz will again be without Jordan Clarkson who is missing his fourth straight game due to a sprained finger on his left hand.
The high-scoring guard will miss his sixth game in his last seven outings due to hand injuries.
UPDATED @utahJazz Injury Report against the @MiamiHEAT.
*OUT – Jordan Clarkson (left hand – fourth finger sprain)
OUT – Micah Potter (G League – Two-Way)
OUT – Collin Sexton (left hamstring strain)#TakeNote | @kslsports
— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) March 13, 2023
Clarkson also missed two games due to a thumb injury on his right hand before suffering his latest finger sprain.
The Jazz currently sit in the ninth seed in the West but are tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, and New Orleans Pelicans with a 33-35 record.
With a loss to Miami, the Jazz would fall to the 12th seed in the West.
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— KSL Sports (@kslsports) March 13, 2023
Heat Need Strong Finish
The Heat will look to bounce back from Saturday night’s overtime loss to the Magic when they host the Jazz.
Miami got 38 points from superstar Jimmy Butler but were outscored by the Magic 18-6 in the extra period.
The Heat had won three out of four heading into Saturday’s loss and will look to regain that momentum before a road-heavy close to their season.
After facing the Jazz, Miami will play seven of its final 12 games away from home.
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