In a game on Friday night, the Utah Jazz secured a commanding 145-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors, with Lauri Markkanen leading the charge with 22 points and nine rebounds. The dynamic duo of Jordan Clarkson (21 points) and Collin Sexton (20 points) also made significant contributions, while Kelly Olynyk grabbed an impressive 10 rebounds coming off the bench. This win marked Utah’s 10th victory in 12 games and their seventh consecutive home win, bringing them to a .500 overall record.
The Jazz dominated various facets of the game, outscoring the Raptors 58-32 in the paint and connecting on 21 three-pointers. Their rebounding prowess was evident with a 68-36 advantage in total rebounds. Clarkson emphasized the enjoyable nature of the game, highlighting the positive vibe when the entire team is engaged in both offense and defense.
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 27 points, making a return after missing the previous game due to back spasms. Despite Toronto going 16 of 24 from beyond the arc in the first three quarters, they struggled to keep pace. Scottie Barnes contributed 19 points, and Immanuel Quickly added 15, but the Raptors couldn’t secure a win, losing their third consecutive game and finishing their six-game road trip with only two victories.
The Jazz took control in the second quarter, establishing a 56-41 lead. Markkanen played a pivotal role in a 14-4 run, scoring back-to-back baskets and sinking two free throws. Clarkson capped off the run with a three-pointer. Toronto faced challenges in the paint, managing only five field goals inside the arc in the first half.
Utah’s defensive strategy focused on collapsing on driving lanes, forcing the Raptors to rely on perimeter shots. This strategy limited Toronto to just six points in the paint during the first half. Utah continued their dominance in the third quarter, scoring on six consecutive possessions and finishing with a season-high 41 points in that period. Simone Fontecchio played a key role in this stretch, contributing with back-to-back three-pointers and a layup.
Five different players had five or more assists for Utah.
“The ball is really moving around,” Hardy said. “I think everyone feels involved in what we’re doing.”