Utah Jazz Showing Off Youth In First Half At New Orleans

Dec 28, 2023, 7:08 PM


Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (24) cheers from the sidelines during a great fourth quarter for the Jazz during an NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. The Jazz came back in the fourth quarter after being behind to the Pelicans since the first quarter to win the game 105-100. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – New Orleans took advantage of a porous Jazz defense in the opening half but Utah showed flashes of brilliance on the offensive end.

Utah (13-18) looks to continue a three-game winning streak as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans (17-14) at the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, December 28.

RELATED: Utah Jazz Frontcourt Duo Combine For Alley-Oop Slam

Early in the second period, rookie point guard Keyonte George put former no. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson on spin cycle and then found second-year big man Walker Kessler above the rim for a slam dunk.

Kessler finished the half 3-of-3 from the field with six points, a steal, and a block. George, the first-year PG out of Baylor, came off the bench to hit a three and grab two rebounds, and dished out two assists.

New Orleans closed the half on a 12-5 run to take a 59-51 halftime lead.

Pelicans Look To End Two-Game Home Skid

The Pels are seventh in the Western Conference and one game behind the sixth-seeded Dallas Mavericks. New Orleans has the 16th-best offensive rating (115.6) in the league and the eighth-highest defensive rating (113.3). They have lost back-to-back games home games, falling to Houston and Memphis.

The Jazz enters the matchup riding a three-game road winning streak. Utah had two road wins this season before beginning the current five-game swing.

RELATED: Jazz Wrap Up Road Trip Against New Orleans Pelicans

Seven Pelicans average double-figures with Brandon Ingram’s 23.1 ppg leading the way. Former No. 1 overall pick Zion Williams is second with 22.3 points and 6.1 boards. Former Portland Trail Blazer CJ McCollum pours in 19.6 points a night on 46 percent shooting and 41.9 percent from deep.

The Jazz are 2-0 against New Orleans this season after consecutive home wins in late November. Utah bested the Pelicans 105-100 on November 25 before surviving with a 114-112 win two nights later.

Follow The Utah Jazz With KSL Sports

The Jazz return to Delta Center where they will host the Miami Heat (18-12) on Saturday, December 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. (MT). The game will be broadcast on KJZZ, Jazz+NBA League PassKSL Sports Zone (97.5 FM), KSLSports.com, and the KSL Sports app.

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

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

18 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.

Utah Jazz Showing Off Youth In First Half At New Orleans