The four games on Thursday’s schedule featured two routs. The Phoenix Suns are competing against the Los Angeles Clippers, who are shorthanded, while the Memphis Grizzlies crushed the Milwaukee Bucks. Whatever those other games may have lacked in interest, the clash between the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz made up for it. And Larry Nance Jr.’s valor is solely responsible for that.
The final minutes of a close game between the Jazz and Pelicans were complete anarchy. A long three from Jordan Clarkson brought the score to 118. Not to be outdone by his teammate, Lauri Markkanen nailed a triple to give the Jazz a three-point advantage.
Zion Williamson scored an open basket to get the Pels within one, but Mike Conley subsequently sank two important free throws to increase Utah’s margin of victory. But the Pelicans lack a sense of when to give up.
In the following play, CJ McCollum had an excellent opportunity to tie the score but missed the basket. A game-tying triple with two seconds remaining was sunk by Trey Murphy III after Larry Nance Jr. tapped the ball (the first of his heroics).
Although it seemed as though the game would go into overtime, the Jazz came up with an amazing play to set up Lauri Markkanen for a lob. Nance Jr., however, did not want to say good night quietly. He raised himself to stop Markkanen’s layup just as it was about to crest.
Jazz/Pelicans is going to overtime on a no goaltend.
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Larry Nance Jr. was surprised by the authorities’ decision to call a goaltend on him. Nance and the Pelicans, who were relieved that the game would go into overtime, watched as the officials reversed the original call after conducting a review.
At the time of writing, Jordan Clarkson’s 39-point outburst to defeat Zion Williamson has helped the Jazz grab a 129-125 lead in overtime with minutes remaining.