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Trio Of Walker Kessler Dunks Ignites Utah Jazz

Dec 26, 2023, 6:38 PM

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Walker Kessler #24 of the Utah Jazz shoots over Mangok Mathiang #8 and Zylan Cheatham #45 of the New Zealand Breakers during the first half of a preseason game at Delta Center on October 16, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY –ย Second-year Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler gave a struggling offense an injection of energy with three straight first-quarter dunks against the Spurs.

Utah is facing the San Antonio Spurs (4-24) at the Frost Bank Center on Tuesday, December 26.

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The first of three straight dunks came when Jordan Clarkson worked himself into space before deftly dishing to Kessler at the rim for an easy slam.

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After an empty Spurs possession, Kessler cleaned up a Keyonte George missed three for a second-chance throw down that brought Utah within 11 points.

19 seconds later, Clarkson and Kessler connected again for the fourth straight bucket for the big man out of Auburn.

Utah trails San Antonio 32-27 after one quarter of play.

Struggling Spurs Looking To Right Ship

While all the talk has been on Detroit Pistons NBA record-tying 26-game losing streak, the San Antonio Spurs have lost 21 of their past 22 games. The Spurs’ struggles include an 18-game losing skid of their own.

Led by future Hall of Fame head coach Greg Popovich, the Spurs entered this game with a 107.2 offensive rating (30th) and a 119.2 defensive rating (24th), San Antonio’s negative-12 net rating is also the worst in the NBA.

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2023 No. 1 pick Victor Wembanyama averages a team-high 18.5 points and 10.7 rebounds. The 7’4 Frenchman leads the NBA with three blocks per game.

Devin Vassell averages 17.9 points on more than seven three-point attempts per night. Keldon Johnson adds 17.2 points, 6.4 boards, and 3.9 assists in a team-high 32.7 minutes a night.

This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

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