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Markkanen returns to help the Jazz, who pummel the Clippers

Lauri Markkanen had 34 points and 12 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz beat the struggling Los Angeles Clippers 126-103 on Wednesday.

Markkanen returned after missing two games with a hip injury. He made six 3-pointers and made his 11th 30-point game of the season.

He excelled near the basket and around the perimeter, including a ferocious dunk on Ivica Zubac followed by a 3-pointer to give Utah a 78-62 lead in the third quarter.

The Jazz led from end to end and managed to build a difference of as many as 25 points on the depleted Clippers in the second straight game without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Jazz (24-24) have won four of their last five games.

Mike Conley finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, Jordan Clarkson scored 16 points and Walker Kessler 13, in addition to grabbing 11 rebounds.

Norman Powell led Los Angeles with 30 points and Zubac added 15 and 12 rebounds. The. Clippers (23-24) have lost nine of the last 11 games.

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