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Utah Jazz Rookie Johnny Juzang Gets Second Chance Bucket

Mar 25, 2023, 8:37 PM

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Utah Jazz guard Johnny Juzang (33) shoots over San Antonio Spurs center Charles Bassey (28) during the game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Jazz rookie forward Johnny Juzang picked up his own mess before finishing at the rim against Sacramento.

The Jazz (35-38, 12th in West) traveled to Sacramento to take on the fast-paced Kings (44-29, 3rd in West) on Saturday, March 25.

With Utah trailing by eight, Juzang put up a baseline 15-footer that came up short. The rookie out of UCLA followed his own miss, snatching the rebound and going back up for an easy layup to make the score 19-13.

In 11 games with the Jazz, Juzang is averaging 4.3 points per game in 32.7 percent shooting.

Juzang scored two points in the opening quarter as Utah trails the Kings, 32-26 after one quarter. Sacramento’s Keegan Murray leads all scorers with 14 points. Walker Kessler leads the Jazz with seven points.

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Jazz Set Sights On Sacramento Kings

After falling to the Bucks on Friday night, the Jazz have a difficult turnaround facing the Kings in Sacramento on Saturday.

The Jazz beat the Kings in their matchup earlier in the week, despite playing without Lauri Markkanen, Jordan Clarkson, and Sexton.

Ochai Agbaji scored a career-high 27 points on 8-14 shooting including 6-10 from the three-point line.

The Jazz are winless since beating the Kings, dropping the final two games of their four-game homestand to fall to 35-38 on the season.

The Kings meanwhile have hit a rare slump late in the season dropping back-to-back games against the Jazz and the Boston Celtics.

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Vying for the second seed in the West, the Kings losing streak dropped them to third in the West, and into a likely first-round match-up with either the Golden State Warriors or the Los Angeles Clippers.

De’Aaron Fox scored 37 points to lead the Kings in Utah, though Domontas Sabonis scored 11 points on 4-11 shooting going head-to-head with Walker Kessler.

Collin Sexton Hopes To Return This Season

Despite missing the last 13 games due to a hamstring injury, Collin Sexton said before Friday’s game that he hopes to return this season.

Sexton suffered the injury in Memphis in the final game before the All-Star break and hasn’t seen the floor since.

“I’ve just pretty much been ramping up and just trying to get back out there,” Sexton said. “It’s tough just sitting there and watching.”

The Alabama product has been a reliable backup for the Jazz in 47 appearances this season but has been in and out of the lineup in his first year with the team. Sexton is averaging 14.3 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.2 rebounds while shooting an efficient 50 percent from the floor and 41 percent from the three-point line.

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Utah Jazz Rookie Johnny Juzang Gets Second Chance Bucket