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Walker Kessler Throws Down Posterizing Slam Off Alley-Oop Pass

Dec 13, 2023, 8:59 PM

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Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings rebounds over Walker Kessler #24 of the Utah Jazz during the first half of a game at Delta Center on October 25, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – In the third quarter against the Knicks, Walker Kessler showed off his hops as he rose over the defense for a two-hand stuff.

The dunk gave Kessler his 6th point. Kris Dunn picked up his 5th assist with the lob.

In limited minutes, Kessler put up 7 points, three rebounds, and two blocks going into the fourth quarter.

New York struggled to guard Kessler after halftime. They either left him open or committed too hard and left someone else open.

The Jazz led by five at the end of the third, 89-84.

Kessler picked up his third block a minute into the fourth quarter.

Lauri Markkanen Returns As Jazz Host Knicks

The Utah Jazz will be without Jordan Clarkson when they host the New York Knicks on ’80s decade night.

On Tuesday the Jazz announced that Clarkson would miss at least the next two weeks with a hamstring strain.

Lauri Markkanen (hamstring) and Walker Kessler (foot) will both suit up against New York. John Collins (illness) is out for the Jazz who haven’t had a fully healthy roster since the opening weeks of the season.

Markkanen has missed the last eight games for the Jazz. The team was 3-5 in his absence.

Clarkson first suffered a thigh bruise in late November, but an MRI after Monday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder revealed a right bicep femoris strain.

The guard has seen a dip in his averages this season scoring 16.6 points per game while shooting just 40 percent from the floor and 30 percent from three.

The Jazz currently own the fourth-worst record in the Western Conference at 7-16 and are 5.5 games back of the 10th and final Play-In Tournament spot.

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