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Jazz Forward Lauri Markkanen Knocks Down Three Against Former Team

Nov 6, 2023, 7:38 PM

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Lauri Markkanen #23 of the Utah Jazz is defended by Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center on January 07, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITYJazz forward Lauri Markkanen buried his fourth three-pointer against his former team during the opening minutes of the third quarter in Utah’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

Markkanen makes triple during Jazz-Bulls game

The Bulls hosted the Jazz at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, November 6.

With 8:14 to play in the third quarter, Jazz rookie Keyonte George dished the ball off to Markkanen at the top of the arc. The NBA All-Star proceeded to knock down his fourth triple of the night.

Markkanen’s three-pointer cut Chicago’s lead to 77-60.

Midway through the quarter, Markkanen had 22 points on 6-12 shooting, including 4-10 from downtown. He also had two rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes of action.

Through the first seven games of the season, Markkanen is recording 23.3 points per contest on 46.3 percent shooting.

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

Jazz vs. Bulls

The 2-5 Jazz will travel to face the 2-5 Bulls in a battle of underperforming teams.

The Jazz are facing Chicago in the second stop of their four-game midwestern road trip.

RELATED: Jazz Backcourt Continues To Flounder In Loss To Timberwolves

The Bulls meanwhile return home after playing four of their last five games on the road.

Jazz Guards Slumping

The Jazz head into Chicago looking to find some consistency in a so-far underperforming backcourt.

Starters Jordan Clarkson and Talen Horton-Tucker are both shooting below 40 percent to open the season to hamstring a struggling offense.

Kris Dunn was shooting just 34 percent through the first six games of the year but didn’t see the floor in Saturday’s blowout loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Heading into Monday’s contest the Jazz own the 17th-ranked offense, the 27th-ranked defense, and the 27th-ranked net rating at -6.8 points per 100 possessions.

Bulls Hope To Snap Losing Streak

The Bulls will host the Jazz hoping to snap a three-game losing streak including Saturday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Chicago’s guards are having their own struggles on the offensive end with Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Coby White all shooting below 32 percent from the three-point line.

As a team, the Bulls are shooting just 31 percent from downtown and rank second-last in the NBA in threes made per game.

Compounding the issue, the Bulls own the 23rd-ranked defense in the NBA, and the second-worst net rating at -8.8.

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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Jazz Forward Lauri Markkanen Knocks Down Three Against Former Team