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Lauri Markkanen Has Monster Game for Jazz



Lauri Markkanen

Utah Jazz star Lauri Markkanen has quite the stat line during Utah’s 120-119 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in a performance that may have many Jazz fans remembering Hall of Famer Karl Malone’s days with the team.

Markkanen poured in 43 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on 15-for-28 shooting and a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line, becoming the first Jazz player to notch those numbers in a game since Malone, according to StatMuse.

Markkanen scored 18 points in the fourth quarter alone, helping the Jazz rally from a nine-point deficit to take the victory.

“Yeah, I’m more confident,” Markkanen said following the game (h/t Associated Press). “My mindset going into games is go make a difference and be a finisher.”

“He’s played with a tremendous amount of aggressiveness,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “His physicality has gone up as the season has gone on.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.