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Collin Sexton Splits Defenders For Early Dunk In San Antonio

Dec 26, 2023, 6:25 PM

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Collin Sexton #2 of the Utah Jazz reacts after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of NBA game at Footprint Center on November 26, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Second-year Utah Jazz point guard Collin Sexton set the tone against San Antonio, splitting the defense for a dunk in the opening minutes.

Utah (12-18) is facing the San Antonio Spurs (4-24) at the Frost Bank Center on Tuesday, December 26.

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Trailing 8-5 less than two minutes in, Sexton used a Lauri Markkanen screen to get free before Kelly Olynyk hit the guard cutting across the paint for an easy two handed dunk.

Sexton leads Utah with eight points as the Jazz trail 20-15 with 5:49 left in the period.

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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