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“Jazz Fight Back Against Spurs: Sexton and Markkanen Lead Charge”

After a rough start that saw the Jazz trailing by a significant margin in the opening quarter, Collin Sexton and Lauri Markkanen spearheaded a spirited comeback effort.

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San Antonio surged ahead by 19 points during the first quarter, putting Utah on the back foot early on. However, the Jazz managed to narrow the deficit to just four points by halftime, thanks largely to the efforts of Sexton and Markkanen.

Sexton, in particular, showcased his scoring prowess by notching 11 of his 13 first-half points in the second quarter. Utilizing his speed and agility, Sexton consistently attacked the basket, leaving Spurs defenders struggling to contain him on the perimeter. His offensive arsenal was on full display, highlighted by a clutch three-pointer that tantalizingly circled the rim for almost four seconds before dropping in.

Despite Sexton’s heroics, San Antonio quickly reasserted control, extending their lead back to double digits. Undeterred, Markkanen took charge for the Jazz, engineering a late surge with 10 points in the final five minutes of the half. His scoring spree injected much-needed energy into the Jazz offense, closing the gap before the halftime buzzer sounded.

However, the Spurs promptly countered Utah’s resurgence with a series of easy baskets near the rim, nullifying the Jazz’s hard-fought progress. As a result, Utah found themselves trailing by 11 points at halftime, with the score standing at 59-48 in favor of San Antonio.

As the Jazz prepared to face the Spurs on Wednesday night, they received a boost with the availability of Lauri Markkanen. However, Utah will be without Kris Dunn, serving a league suspension, and Jordan Clarkson, sidelined due to groin injury management.

Despite their recent struggles, the  are aiming to halt a six-game losing streak, including three consecutive losses at home. With only the Spurs left on their schedule not contending for a playoff spot, each remaining opponent presents a formidable challenge for Utah. As they sit at 29-43, the Jazz hold the ninth-worst record in the NBA.

Despite their standing, the have enjoyed success against the Spurs this season, boasting a perfect 2-0 record against them. A victory on Wednesday would see Utah complete a season sweep of San Antonio, providing a glimmer of positivity amidst a challenging stretch for the team.

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