SALT LAKE CITY — Lauri Markkanen scored 28 points and had 13 rebounds, while Mike Conley added a 3-point play and two clutch free throws in the closing minutes to send the Utah Jazz 131-1 to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. 128 to win. .
Toronto’s Fred VanVleet had his second career triple-double with 34 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and 10 assists, while the Jazz shot 53% and made key play after key play. I overcame that effort.
Conley, who had 19 points and eight assists, fouled Pascal Siakam for his sixth foul on a head fake to make a three-point play and give the Jazz a 120-113 lead with 2 minutes and 13 seconds remaining. VanVleet brought the Raptors closer with a three-point shot, but the Raptors were unable to complete the comeback effort.
Conley hit two free throws with 12.2 seconds left to seal the win and the Jazz went 27-26 over .500.
Jordan Clarkson scored 7 of 23 points in the final minute and 39 seconds, while Walker Kessler had 17 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots for Utah, who have won five of their last seven games. achieved.
Siakam scored 21 before fouling out, Gary Trent Jr. scored 20, and the Raptors stayed in the game with a season-high 25 offensive rebounds.
Kessler had an NBA season-high six blocked shots in the first quarter, tying the franchise record set by Mark Eaton on February 18, 1989 against San Antonio. Eaton had 6 blocks in both the 2nd and 4th quarters and 14 blocks throughout that game.
VanVleet had his first career triple-double (37 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) last season against the Jazz on January 7.
The Jazz showed their youth at times — failing to box out for rebounds, flipping the ball and being slow to get back on defense, giving Toronto 28 fast-breaking points.
Malik Beasley scored four 3s in the first half and scored all 14 points as the Jazz led by 14 points. The Raptors cut to 65-60 at the break thanks to 15 points off Utah’s 11 turnovers. Toronto had just two giveaways and 15 offensive rebounds in the same span.
Raptors: Scotty Barnes was announced Tuesday as part of the 2023 Jordan Rising Stars in Utah on Feb. 17. VanVleet was called for a rare eight-second half-court violation in the third quarter. …OG Anunoby misses his third straight game with a sprained left wrist.
Jazz: Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson sat courtside. … Conley was initially signaled for his first technical foul of the season in 16, but changed and Kerry he was rated by Olynyk. … Kessler will also be in his game on Rising Stars.
The Raptors: The longest seven-game road trip since 2007 continues in Houston on Friday.
Jazz: Host Atlanta on Friday.
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