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Rudy Gay Turns Back The Clock With Dunk As Jazz Hang On Against Kings

Mar 20, 2023, 8:54 PM | Updated: Mar 21, 2023, 10:37 am

SALT LAKE CITY – 36-year-old Rudy Gay looked ten years younger as he drove past the Sacramento Kings defense for a third-quarter dunk.

The Jazz (34-36, 11th in West) is hosting the Sacramento Kings (43-27, 2nd in West) at Vivint Arena on Monday, March 20.

Sacramento had trimmed what once was a 21-point lead to 90-88 when Gay took a pass from Kris Dunn and drove from the right wing toward the hoop. When nobody challenged the Jazz’s oldest player, he rose for a right handed dunk over former Jazzman Trey Lyles.

Gay finished the third quarter with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists. His play helped the Jazz go into the fourth quarter tied with Sacramento at 95.

The Kings outscored Utah 43-27 in the period.

RELATED: Jazz Host Kings With Playoff Standings On The Line

Shorthanded Utah Jazz

Utah is playing without Collin Sexton, who is missing his 11th straight game due to a hamstring injury while Jordan Clarkson is out for the sixth straight game with a finger injury.

All-Star forward Lauri Markkanen is also out against Sacramento with a sore back.

The team is amid a four-game homestand that opened on Saturday with a win against the Boston Celtics and concludes with matchups Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers and Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

With 12 games left to play, the Jazz are within 1.5 games of both the sixth seed and the 12th seed in the West.

RELATED: Clutch Rookies Push Jazz Past Celtics

Can Sacramento Kings Maintain 2-Seed?

The Kings are looking to close the season strong and lock up the second seed in the West ahead of the fledging Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies were in sole control of the second seed and homecourt advantage from December 20-March 15, but a series of injuries and on-and-off-the-floor mishaps have rattled the team over recent weeks.

The Kings are 14-4 over their last 18 games heading into Monday’s matchup with the Jazz and sit 5.5 games clear of the fourth seed in the West.

Sacramento is 2-0 this season in matchups against the Jazz.

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The Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings is being broadcast 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.

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Rudy Gay Turns Back The Clock With Dunk As Jazz Hang On Against Kings