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Keyonte George Has Best Game Of Season Against Portland Trail Blazers

Dec 2, 2023, 10:10 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 25: Keyonte George #3 of the Utah Jazz reacts after sinking a three point basket against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of their game at the Delta Center on November 25, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Keyonte George continued his streak of great play in Lauri Markkanen’s absence against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

George had debatably the best game of his young career as the Jazz beat the Blazers, 118-113.

He posted 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists on 7/17 from the field.

George showed off his playmaking ability with dime after dime in the second half.

Whether it was from full-court or a short bounce pass right into the pocket of the roller, you could count on George to find the open man.

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George found Walker Kessler to give Utah a double-digit lead in the third quarter.

With most of Utah’s veterans sitting out, George played the most minutes of any Jazzman with 32.

Taylor Hendricks Available As Jazz Host Trail Blazers

Utah Jazz fans may get a closer look at their future with Taylor Hendricks in the lineup against Portland.

The Jazz will be shorthanded in the frontcourt on Saturday night leading to the activation of Hendricks.

Hendricks hasn’t taken the floor for the Jazz since the season-opening loss to the Sacramento Kings when he played two minutes, scoring one point and grabbing one rebound.

The Jazz will be without forwards Lauri Markkanen (hamstring) and Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) against Portland. Jordan Clarkson (thigh) and Kris Dunn (personal reasons) are also out.

Markkanen has missed the last four games with his hamstring injury for the Jazz and will be re-evaluated in one week.

Olynyk was listed as questionable as of Friday but was ruled out after the shootaround on Saturday.

Hendricks has averaged 14.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in nine appearances in the G League.

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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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