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Utah Jazz vs New Orleans recap: Jazz’s 4th quarter comeback falls short.

Zion Williamson’s near triple-double was too much for Lauri Markkanen and the Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images

For the final game in a 5-game road trip, the Utah Jazz played the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans won 112 to 105. The Jazz tried out another starting lineup tonight, Dunn, Sexton, Markkanen, Collins, and Kessler. Sexton scored 26 with 5 rebounds, Markkanen had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Ingram had 26 and 2 blocks, McCollum had 22 and 2 steals, Zion had 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The first quarter was a high scoring affair (Pelicans led 39-37). The Jazz’s offense fell apart in the 2nd quarter as they only scored 14 points. The Pelicans led 59-51 at half, behind McCollum’s 14 and Zion’s 13. The Jazz prioritized attacking McCollum’s poor defense throughout the game, which yielded easy paint points. Hardy’s coaching prowess shined through by inserting Kessler into the starting as Kessler’s defense was huge in stifling Valanciunas’ inside game.

To start the 4th, the Pelicans jumped to an 87-77 lead behind Zion’s rim attacks (Kessler should have been in to slow him down in the paint). The Jazz rallied back to bring the deficit to 1 behind Sexton, Markkanen, and Dunn’s stellar play on both ends. Ingrams 19-point second half was too much for the Jazz to overcome.

The Jazz’s offensive struggles stemmed from their miss 3’s (shot 12-39 from 3) and their 18 turnovers. Keyonte George particularly struggled tonight, going 1 of 7 and having 2 turnovers. Hopefully the Jazz can bounce back at home vs the defending Eastern Conference champs, the Miami Heat.