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Keyonte George Catches Fire From Three During Jazz-Warriors Game

Apr 14, 2024, 3:09 PM | Updated: Apr 15, 2024, 2:28 pm

SALT LAKE CITYJazz rookie Keyonte George caught fire from downtown during the opening minutes of the second half in Utah’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

Keyonte George hits three-pointers vs. Warriors

The Warriors hosted the Jazz at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California on Sunday, April 14.

During the opening minutes of the third quarter, George drained multiple three-pointers to help the Jazz regain the lead after trailing by seven points at halftime.

Only 56 seconds into the second half, George connected on a 24-foot shot to make it a 66-61 game. Less than a minute later, the Baylor product knocked down a 25-foot three to trim Golden State’s lead to five points. With 9:08 left in the quarter, George hit a 26-foot jump shot for his third triple of the quarter. The shot made it 71-70 in favor of the Warriors. Utah’s next shot gave the Jazz a lead.

During his first 21 minutes on the hardwood, the rookie scored a team-high 21 points on 8-11 shooting, including 5-6 from beyond the arc. George also had one rebound, four assists, and one block.

This season, George is averaging 12.9 points per game on 38.7 percent shooting.

Utah’s game against Golden State is broadcast on KJZZ, Jazz+NBA League PassKSL Sports Zone (97.5 FM), KSLSports.com, and the KSL Sports app.

Jazz vs. Warriors

Utah traveled to San Francisco to face Golden State in the final game of the 2023-24 season.

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The Jazz were without Lauri Markkanen (shoulder), Jordan Clarkson (SI), John Collins (back), Walker Kessler (nose), Collin Sexton (illness), and Kris Dunn (foot).

The Warriors listed Jonathan Kuminga as questionable. Steph Curry and Draymond Green missed Sunday’s game due to rest, while Gary Payton II was out with a calf strain.

Klay Thompson and Chris Paul were expected to play after being listed as questionable early Sunday morning.

Draft Standings On Line For Jazz Vs. Warriors

Though the Jazz have long been eliminated from the postseason, Sunday’s season finale could have a significant impact on the team’s offseason.

The Jazz own the eighth-worst record in the NBA but sat just one game behind the Brooklyn Nets heading into the final day of the regular season.

If the Nets were to drop their matchup Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Jazz beat the Warriors, the two teams would finish with identical 32-50 records.

A tie would result in the Jazz and Nets sharing draft lottery odds, while a coin toss would determine which team would draft eighth, and which team would draft ninth if neither team moved up via the lottery.

Warriors Still Have Something To Play For

Though Golden State is considering resting several key players, they will be closely watching other games around the Western Conference.

A Warriors win, teamed with losses by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings would lift Golden State from the 10th seed in the West to eighth.

If the Warriors finished in the eighth seed they would need just one win in the Play-In Tournament to qualify for the playoffs.

If they finish 10th, they would need two road wins in the Play-In Tournament to advance.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. Listen to Ireland on Yards After College: An NFL Podcast. Follow him on X (@kyleireland), Threads (@kyleirelandksl), and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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