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The Jazz win in Philadelphia over the shorthanded 76ers

Any win on this brutal road-trip is a big win

Utah Jazz v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

On the second game of Utah’s most challenging road trip of the season, the Jazz caught a break when Joel Embiid was added to the injury report. The reigning MVP is unguardable across the league, but the Jazz specifically have always struggled to contain him. Tobias Harris also missed the game due to a minor injury, so the Jazz found themselves in a much more favorable position.

They took advantage.

The Jazz jumped out to an early 10-2 lead on the backs of Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, and Collin Sexton. Collins had his best game in a Jazz uniform, putting up 19 points on 9-10 shooting, including 7-7 in the first half.

The Jazz pounded the ball inside, both in transition and the halfcourt. Their defense on Tyrese Maxey made it difficult for the 76ers to get anything going. Markkanen and Collins continued to get shots at the rim, but Philly kept it close. The Jazz took a 58-57 lead going into halftime.

Coming out of the half, Lauri Markkanen started to connect on threes and scored a quick 11 points. The Jazz began to pull away when Collin Sexton led a fourth-quarter push. Sexton relentlessly attacked the basket as he usually does while also finding teammates for open shots. Utah grew their lead to as much as 15 points and held onto it until the final buzzer sounded on a Jazz 120-109 win.

Player of the game

Lauri Markkanen led the way all game. He finished with 33 points on only 19 shots, with 13 rebounds and a block. When his teammates allow him to get shots all game, Markkanen takes advantage. The Finnisher shot 7-10 from the two-point range and 5-9 from the three-point range. He was a consistent barrage of both dunks and threes.

Honorable mentions

Collin Sexton: 22 points, 9-14 FG, ten assists

John Collins: 19 points, 9-10 FG, five rebounds

The Utah Jazz’s next game will be on Monday, January 8th, against the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee. The game will tip off at 6:00 PM Mountain Time.