NBA: Jordan Clarkson pours in 33 as Jazz handle Clippers
Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 33 points to help the Utah Jazz snap a five-game losing streak with a 125-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.
Lauri Markkanen added 23 points and nine rebounds, Collin Sexton chipped in 21 points, six rebounds and six assists and Jarred Vanderbilt compiled 14 points and 12 rebounds as Utah closed out strong to beat the short-handed Clippers.
John Wall led the Clippers with 26 points off the bench, but they were limited without Paul George (hamstring), Kawhi Leonard (ankle) and Norman Powell (groin) and were playing for the second straight night after winning in Portland on Tuesday.
The Clippers erased a double-digit, first-half deficit and nearly did the same in the second half after Utah re-established a big lead.
"It was a great effort defensively. Good job communicating. We're just happy to boost that lead."
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 1, 2022
Los Angeles pulled within three early in the fourth quarter. However, the Jazz re-established control with a 13-2 surge by scoring on six straight possessions. Clarkson and Vanderbilt provided the highlight of the game-saving run combining on an alley-pop dunk play for a 111-97 lead.
It was Utah’s second win in three outings against the Clippers in November.
Markkanen scored five of his 12 first-quarter points in an early 7-0 Jazz run for a 10-4 lead. Later in the quarter, Clarkson fueled another 7-0 spurt with five points as the Jazz went up by 10. Utah settled on a 35-26 lead heading into the second quarter.
Utah went scoreless for four minutes while Los Angeles went to work, scoring a dozen straight to regain the lead at 45-43 en route to a two-point halftime lead.
Sexton helped turn things around for the Jazz in the second half, scoring five straight during an 11-2 spurt. Utah built the lead to 14 before the Clippers trimmed it to 94-85 by the end of the third quarter.
Los Angeles chipped away all but three points of its deficit early in the fourth quarter before the Jazz took over for good.
Utah, playing its second game in a six-game homestand, shot 54.9 percent from the field, including 14-for-32 (43.8 percent) from 3-point range. Los Angeles shot only 39.8 percent overall and 10 of 30 from beyond the arc.
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