Lauri Markkanen Throws Down Tomahawk Slam Just Before Halftime

Dec 16, 2023, 9:42 PM

Lauri Markkanen #23 of the Utah Jazz...

Lauri Markkanen #23 of the Utah Jazz (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO – Despite playing on a minutes restriction, Jazz All-Star Lauri Markkanen made an impact when he saw the floor.

Markkanen cut to the hoop after an off-ball screen and found himself wide open for a highlight slam.

Markkanen played just 14 minutes in the first half. Every other Jazz starter saw more court time in the first two quarters.

Despite this, Markkanen was Utah’s second-leading scorer at the break with 10. He added a team-best five rebounds and one assist.

Collin Sexton led the way with 16 first-half points.

Utah trailed Sacramento by 12 at the half, 62-50.

RELATED: Utah Jazz Heat Up In Second Quarter After Slow Start In Sacramento

Jazz Shorthanded Against Kings

The Jazz were missing several bodies when they faced the Kings as an illness made its way through the team’s locker room.

John Collins, Omer Yurtseven, and Luka Samanic were all out due to the illness. Talen Horton-Tucker was listed as questionable due to an illness, but was upgraded to available shortly before tip-off.

Lauri Markkanen returned to the lineup after missing the Jazz’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Markkanen had missed eight consecutive games due to a hamstring strain but returned to the lineup in Tuesday’s win over the New York Knicks.

The Jazz came in on a two-game winning streak for the third time this season and were looking for their first three-game winning streak against Sacramento.

Kings All-Star guard De’Aaron Fox missed the game with a shoulder injury.

Entering the game Sacramento owned the fifth-best record in the Western Conference at 14-9, while the Jazz were ranked 12th at 9-16.

The two teams met on the opening night of the regular season with the Kings winning 130-114 in Salt Lake City.

Sign up for the new Jazz Notes newsletter! Receive game updates, exclusive analysis, and chances to win Jazz tickets.

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

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.

Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Isaiah Collier #13 of the Utah Jazz...

Ben Anderson

Five Utah Jazz Takeaways From Salt Lake City Summer League

The 2024 Salt Lake City Summer League is complete as the Utah Jazz prepare to join 29 other teams heading to Las Vegas.

17 hours ago

Utah Jazz guard, Jason Preston looks to lay the ball up as he gets around Oklahoma City Thunder’s...

Ben Anderson

Weber State’s Dillon Jones Dominates Jazz At Summer League

Weber State alum Dillon Jones scored 21 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the Utah Jazz 98-75 at the Salt Lake City Summer League.

3 days ago

Utah Jazz rookie Isaiah Collier at Summer League...

Ben Anderson

Isaiah Collier Shines For Jazz At Summer League

The Utah Jazz narrowly edged the Memphis Grizzlies in their Salt Lake City Summer League debut behind a strong showing from Isaiah Collier.

3 days ago

Zach Edey #15 of the Purdue Boilermakers...

Ben Anderson

Zach Edey, Dillon Jones To Debut At Salt Lake City Summer League

Zach Edey is one of five first-round picks from the 2024 draft expected to make their NBA debut at the Salt Lake City Summer League.

7 days ago

Salt Lake City Stars wing Taevion Kinsey...

Ben Anderson

Report: Taevion Kinsey Signs Two-Way Deal With Jazz

The Utah Jazz are reportedly planning to sign former Salt Lake City Stars wing Taevion Kinsey to two-way contract.

7 days ago


Ben Anderson

How To Watch 2024 Salt Lake City Summer League

The Utah Jazz announced the broadcast options for the 2024 Salt Lake City Summer League which runs July 8-10. 

9 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Lauri Markkanen Throws Down Tomahawk Slam Just Before Halftime