The Utah Jazz basketball team faced off against the Toronto Raptors in a game where rookie guard Keyonte George shone with a great pass to Lauri Markkanen for an alley-oop dunk, earning him his 18th point of the night.
The Jazz’s bench erupted in celebration, with players Collin Sexton and Kris Dunn even sharing a handshake. On the next play, George found Markkanen again for a catch-and-shoot three, as Utah dominated the game, shooting 53.7% from the floor and 48.6% from beyond the arc. Markkanen led the way with 22 points on 7/11 shooting from the field and 4/6 from three.
The Jazz are currently experiencing one of the more unforeseen stretches in franchise history, having opened the season with a 7-16 record, but have now re-entered the Western Conference playoff picture before the All-Star break in February. The team is currently sitting half a game back of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets for the ninth and tenth seeds in the West, and one full game back of the Phoenix Suns for the eighth seed.
In NBA regular-season history, there have been 524 instances of a team facing an opponent with a .650+ win percentage (minimum 30 games played) in three consecutive games. Although the Jazz have recorded three separate three-game winning streaks this season, they have not yet been able to achieve a fourth consecutive win.
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