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Utah Jazz Jump Out To Big Lead In First Quarter Against Grizzlies

Nov 1, 2023, 7:56 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY – After dropping the last two games on the road, the Utah Jazz came to play in the first quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

At the end of the opening quarter, Utah led 42-19.

Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton led all scorers with 10 points each.

Markkanen took three shots from deep and didn’t miss once.

Jordan Clarkson also got in on the first-quarter fun.

He rolled in a difficult floater and set up John Collins in transition.

Clarkson added seven in the opening quarter.

Jazz Host Grizzlies After Winless Road Trip

The Utah Jazz will have a clean injury when they face the 0-4 Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night.

Rookies Taylor Hendricks and Brice Sensabaugh have returned to the Jazz according to the team’s injury report after being assigned to the Salt Lake City Stars earlier in the week.

The Grizzlies meanwhile are down two starters for the foreseeable future as they look to snap their four-game losing streak.

The Jazz return to Utah after dropping back-to-back road games against the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets.

Kevin Durant led the shorthanded Suns to a blowout 126-104 victory over the Jazz on Saturday night, before Monday’s 110-102 loss in Denver.

Despite the loss to the Nuggets, the Jazz appeared to finally find some cohesion in their starting lineup in Denver.

The Jazz won both the third and the fourth quarter as coach Will Hardy kept the starters on the floor for an extended period to open the half.

“There were way more positive things coming out of tonight than negative,” Hardy said after the loss. “Obviously we would have preferred to win, but that’s a very good basketball team.”

The most notable positive came from the Jazz’s frontcourt. After a slow start to the year from second-year center Walker Kessler and newcomer John Collins, the new pairing along with All-Star Lauri Markkanen combined for 64 points and 36 rebounds in the loss.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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