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Lauri Markkanen Rocks Rim With Jam During Jazz-Nuggets Game

Oct 30, 2023, 8:40 PM | Updated: Oct 31, 2023, 10:43 am

SALT LAKE CITYJazz forward Lauri Markkan threw down a two-handed slam dunk on a fast break during Utah’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

Lauri Markkanen throws down dunk on Nuggets

The Nuggets hosted the Jazz at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on Monday, October 30.

With 7:19 left in the third quarter, Collins stole the ball from Denver’s Aaron Gordon and pushed the ball ahead to a sprinting Markkanen. The Finnish forward rose up and threw down a two-handed slam dunk.

Markkanen’s dunk helped the Jazz trim Denver’s lead to 64-53.

Following the dunk, Markkanen had 12 points on 4-14 shooting, including 2-7 on three-pointers. He added nine rebounds, three assists, and a block during his first 22 minutes on the hardwood.

This season, Markkanen is averaging 24.8 points per game on 49.0 percent shooting. He also averages 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 31.7 minutes per game.

Utah’s game against Denver is broadcast on KJZZ, Jazz+, NBA League Pass, KSL Sports Zone (97.5 FM), KSLSports.com, and the KSL Sports app.

Jazz vs. Nuggets

The Utah Jazz will look to win their second game of the season when they face the reigning champion Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

The Jazz are 1-2 on the season but have been on the wrong end of two blowout losses.

Denver, meanwhile, is the only 3-0 team in the NBA.

Jazz Have Clean Injury Report Against Nuggets

The Jazz will need better play from their starting lineup if they hope to have success against the Nuggets on the road.

Through three games the Jazz starters have a net rating of -43.4 in 27 minutes together on the floor.

The Jazz will have their full complement of players when they face the Nuggets after Ochai Agbaji was cleared to play Monday night.

The second-year forward suffered a knee contusion in Saturday night’s blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Nuggets Trouncing Opponents So Far This Season

The Nuggets enter Monday night’s game with the second-best offensive rating in the NBA, a tough task for the Jazz who have been the league’s worst defensive team through the opening week of the season.

RELATED: Shorthanded Suns Crush Jazz In Phoenix

Denver is shooting a league-best 53 percent from the floor and just a hair under 40 percent from the three-point line.

Through three games Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 7.7 assists.

Jamal Murray is adding 20.7 points and has connected on 53 percent of his three-point attempts.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. He’s also co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on X/Twitter (@kyleireland), Instagram (@kyleirelandksl), and Threads (@kyleirelandksl).

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Lauri Markkanen Rocks Rim With Jam During Jazz-Nuggets Game