Markkanen, Jazz thwart Pelicans' comeback bid, 122-121 in OT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lauri Markkanen capped a 31-point performance with clutch free throws late in overtime, 

Kelly Olynyk hit a go-ahead, driving scoop with 3 seconds to go in the extra period,  

and the overhauled Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 122-121 on Sunday night to remain unbeaten through three games under new coach Will Hardy. 

Utah had to regroup after losing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter and trailing 110-107 when CJ McCollum hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of regulation. 

But Jordan Clarkson hit a tying 3 to force overtime and Utah had the benefit of not having to play against Brandon Ingram or Zion Williamson in overtime. 

Ingram left the Pelicans' home opener in the second quarter with concussion symptoms after a collision with teammate Naji Marshall. 

Williamson scored 25 points in his first regular-season game in New Orleans since May 4, 2021. 

But the star power forward also hit the floor hard on his lower back when Clarkson blocked his transition dunk attempt from behind in the fourth quarter. 

Williamson never left the bench area to seek treatment,