Lauri Markkanen, who scored handsome points, praised the birthday hero who made a surprise debut – the coach was in pain

Lauri Markkanen who scored handsome points praised the birthday hero

The Utah Jazz suffered their fourth straight loss in NBA basketball when they fell to the Indiana Pacers 118-134.

Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Utah Jazz fell to the Indiana Pacers 118-134 in NBA basketball.

Markkanen was the second most effective in the match together with Indiana by Aaron Nesmith with. Utah’s throwing quarterback Jordan Clarkson bagged 33 points.

The Finn succeeded in three of his five-point throws and five of the six free throws went in.

Markkanen had made at least four three-pointers in seven previous games, which was an NBA record for frontcourt players. Now that pipe broke.

Only the star guard of the Golden State Warriors has sunk more triples this season Steph Curry. Markkanes has 37 successful threes, Curry no less than 53.

Utah on a losing streak

The loss was Utah’s fourth in a row. The team is second last in the Western Conference with a balance of 2 wins, 7 losses.

Breaking the losing streak looked possible for a long time in the match, as Indiana entered the final quarter with a narrow 101–98 lead. At the end of the match, however, Utah fell behind the Pacers.

Utah head coach Will Hardy’s according to the team started the match well and defended in an exemplary manner.

– At the beginning we were disciplined both in attack and defense, then we started to slip, Hardy regretted.

Hardy called for a commitment to team defense. On the offensive end, the ball should be taken better care of. Utah lost the ball 21 times in the match.

– Losing the ball so many times hurts your own game. Sometimes we play well, but sometimes also very ugly.

Utah has the most turnovers in the NBA this season, averaging 17.8 per game.

According to Hardy, Indiana’s three-point shooting threat affected the team’s shots. The Indians managed 13 three-pointers, Utah 11.

Included in the standard equipment of Utah Walker Kessler did not play due to an elbow injury. He was lucky to play in the starting line-up for the first time Keynote George, who celebrated his 20th birthday at the same time. He performed like a model and passed nine baskets and scored seven points.

– This is the best birthday present I could wish for, the young man expressed.

According to Markkanen, the newcomer plays good basketball.

– He has a couple of things that need to be improved, but I’m really proud of how he works hard every day. He will certainly make a good mark in the future, Markkanen said.

Utah will next face the Memphis Grizzlies, who are in jumbo place in the Western Conference, early on Saturday Finnish time.