Lauri Markkanen Leads Second-Half Jazz Comeback Against 76ers

Feb 1, 2024, 10:30 PM | Updated: 10:42 pm


Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (23) celebrates after a put back shot and foul as the Jazz and the New Zealand Breakers play at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen showed the NBA world that he was an All-Star snub by leading a second-half comeback against the 76ers.

Markkanen scored 14 points in the fourth quarter as Utah fought back from down double-digits.

The Jazz trailed by 10 at halftime.

After a Markkanen three tied the game at 117, Utah took a three-point lead with 2:30 left.

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Markkanen was the second-leading scorer in the game with 28.

76ers guard Tyrese Maxey had a dominant game in Joel Embiid’s absence. He put up 51 points on 17/27 shooting.

Collin Sexton was the only other Jazzman to reach the 20-point mark.

Jazz Hope To Regain Momentum Against 76ers

The Utah Jazz won’t face Joel Embiid this season after the Philadelphia 76ers star was ruled out for Thursday’s nationally televised broadcast due to a knee injury.

The Jazz also missed Embiid on January 6 when they beat the 76ers 120-109 in Philly.

Both teams will be looking to snap losing streaks when they face off on TNT.

After winning 15 of 19 games to reenter the Western Conference Playoff race, the Jazz have lost five of their last seven games including back-to-back blowout losses to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

The Jazz sit a game below .500 at 24-25 and in the 10th seed in the West.

Thursday’s game kicks off a difficult run where the Jazz will host the Sixers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Oklahoma City Thunder before traveling to face the Phoenix Suns over the next eight days.

Eight of the Jazz’s next nine games will be played in Salt Lake City.

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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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