The Sixers' possession advantage could not transfer into a comfortable lead because they opened 2 for 14 from three-point range.
The bulk of long-distance misses were good looks, including three first-quarter Jaden Springer tries. Springer sank 7 of 8 threes in the preseason, but he hasn't translated that performance into the regular season. Batum's 0-for-5 three-point shooting also hurt the Sixers.
The Sixers were lucky the Jazz shot 2 of 12 from three-point range in the first half. Springer, Patrick Beverley, KJ Martin, and Mo Bamba formed a Sixers bench. Utah's second unit outscored the Sixers 39-27 despite Beverley's 12-point, seven-assist game.
Martin hit two slams and displayed good dunking instincts against the Jazz's zone on his 23rd birthday. He and Bamba each had three first-half fouls. It was hardly the prettiest game with both teams finishing up back-to-backs and failing to shoot.
Kris Dunn defended Maxey well. Most of the night, he struggled to complete and receive whistles.
Markkanen was on point all night. He hit 5 of his team's 8 threes, had numerous elegant, long-striding transition slams, and prevented the Sixers from stringing together stops.
The Sixers needed a strong fourth quarter to recover. The Jazz began with a huge Kelly Olynyk-Walker Kessler frontcourt, while the Sixers answered with three guards, Martin, and Batum. Utah extended their lead to 96-81 on a Jordan Clarkson and-one leaner.
Maxey was more aggressive early in the fourth and made stronger downhill drives, but the Sixers never troubled the Jazz. They'll have to wait until Wednesday to restart.