UTAH JAZZ

Simone Fontecchio Starts Strong Against Dallas Mavericks

Dec 6, 2023, 7:49 PM | Updated: 8:19 pm

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Indiana Pacers forward Oshae Brissett (12) and Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio (16) go for a rebound during a game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

(Photo courtesy of Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

DALLAS – Simone Fontecchio was all over the court in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks.

He posted 7 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, and a block.

After two Luka Doncic threes put the Jazz down 6-0, Fontecchio opened scoring with a tough shot in the lane.

Utah went down big early but Fontecchio remained a bright spot.

Rookie big man Dereck Lively went up for a shot on the fastbreak and Fontecchio swatted it off the backboard.

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Ochai Agbaji was the other bright spot for the Jazz in the first. He led the team in scoring with 8 points on 3/5 from the field.

Despite this, the Jazz trailed by double-digits, 40-29.

Taylor Hendricks Sticks With Jazz Against Mavericks

Taylor Hendricks will be in the lineup again when the Utah Jazz travel to face the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night.

The Jazz will be without several key pieces throughout the roster leaving room for the ninth-overall pick to make his NBA road debut.

The Mavericks meanwhile will be near full strength when they host the Jazz.

Lauri Markkanen (hamstring), Jordan Clarkson (thigh), and Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) have all been ruled out for the second straight game.

Hendricks played his first extended minutes in the Jazz’s 118-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

The rookie scored five points, grabbed two rebounds, and blocked two minutes while shooting 2-7 from the floor and 1-4 from the three-point line.

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