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Utah Jazz Nail Tough Shots In First Quarter Against NY Knicks

Jan 30, 2024, 6:19 PM

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 29: Lauri Markkanen #23 of the Utah Jazz dribbles during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 29, 2024 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – The Utah Jazz built a sizable lead over the New York Knicks in the first quarter with some tough makes through good defense.

Utah led by nine, 15-6, after the first four minutes.

Lauri Markkanen got the fun started with a top-of-the-key three over the outstretched arms of Precious Achiuwa.

Kris Dunn was next up with some trickery in the paint.

After picking Josh Hart’s pocket, Dunn ran the break with what looked like a free lane.

A pair of New York defenders were able to get back but Dunn easily euro-stepped between them for the lay-in.

Markkanen’s other make in the opening quarter also had a high degree of difficulty.

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After a clumsy possession, Markkanen jumped along the baseline and hit the fadeaway as the shot clock expired.

Keyonte George, Walker Kessler In Rising Stars Challenge

The Utah Jazz will be represented by Keyonte George and Walker Kessler at the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend in Indiana.
George wasted little time letting his name be known in NBA circles after the NBA Draft.

The Jazz rookie was the frontrunner for the Las Vegas Summer League MVP before an ankle injury prematurely ended his participation.

In 42 games, George is averaging 11.0 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.8 rebounds.

George’s 11.0 point per game average is fifth-highest among rookies. His 181 assists are the most by a first-year player this season.

Kessler got off to a slow start for the Jazz in his sophomore season. He is averaging 8.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks in just 23 minutes per game.

The Auburn product ranks third in the NBA in blocks per game and number one overall in block shot percentage.

The Rising Stars Challenge will be played on Friday, February 16, at 7 MST and can be seen on TNT.

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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.

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