Collin Sexton and a makeshift crew for the Utah Jazz came through when it counted most in Salt Lake City. Sexton delivered 10 of his 16 points in the final quarter to lead the Jazz to a thrilling 105-100 comeback win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Utah, playing without their top scorers Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson, showcased their resilience in the face of adversity. “Just making the right reads, not trying to make the home run play and just making a simple play and find the open guy,” Sexton explained. “We made some really good plays and we got some really good shots out of it.”
Rookie Keyonte George also stepped up for the Jazz, contributing 15 points, while Kelly Olynyk added 13. The Pelicans, missing Zion Williamson, felt the absence of their star forward as they failed to sustain their winning momentum, losing to the Jazz who outscored them 37-23 in the fourth quarter.
Simone Fontecchio’s driving layup gave the Jazz a solid lead with 1:11 remaining, and Dyson Daniels’ untimely turnover squashed the Pelicans’ last-ditch effort to tie the game.
After committing 24 turnovers, the Jazz finally found their offensive rhythm in the final stretch, overcoming a tough back-to-back game for the Pelicans. Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 26 points, but the Jazz’s decision to double him paid off as other Pelicans players failed to capitalize. Ingram’s 2 for 7 shooting in the final period exacerbated the Pelicans’ struggle.
The Pelicans had controlled the game for the most part, leading by as many as 13 points, but ultimately couldn’t hold off the surging Jazz. The win proved to be a welcome relief for the Jazz, who had previously suffered four straight losses.
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