ON FIRE. Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson shines as he records the first regular-season triple-double by a Utah Jazz player since 2008, leading the team to a resounding 127-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night (Tuesday, January 2, Philippine time). UTAH JAZZ PHOTO
Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to record the first regular-season triple-double by a Utah Jazz player since 2008, leading the team to a resounding 127-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night (Tuesday, January 2, Philippine time).
Clarkson’s impressive stat line included 20 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, marking the first triple-double of his career and the first for the Jazz in a regular-season game since Carlos Boozer achieved the feat on Feb. 13, 2008, a remarkable stretch spanning 1,256 games.
Notably, Clarkson’s triple-double was the first off the bench for a Jazz player in over 40 years, with the last instance dating back to Feb. 5, 1983, when Mark Eaton achieved the milestone.
The 31-year-old Clarkson, who was traded to the Jazz in 2019, has gradually evolved beyond his earlier reputation as a scorer, showcasing a versatile and well-rounded game. He reached this significant milestone in his 685th regular-season game and 728th game of his career, displaying perseverance and growth throughout his NBA journey.
Clarkson said it was a very cool little milestone to put on his list, expressing his appreciation for the accomplishment.
Simone Fontecchio led the Jazz with 24 points, contributing significantly to the team’s well-rounded performance. Lauri Markkanen added 17 points, and John Collins chipped in with 15. Walker Kessler, with 10 rebounds and four blocks, made an impact on both ends of the court, contributing 11 points to the winning effort.
Utah’s victory marked their fourth consecutive win at home and served as redemption for a 50-point loss to Dallas in December. The Jazz have now won eight of their last 11 games, showcasing their resilience and ability to bounce back.
Luke Doncic led the Mavericks with 19 points, 14 assists, and six rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Utah’s dominant performance. Jaden Hardy contributed 17 points, including five 3-pointers, for Dallas.
The Jazz got off to a strong start, fueled by Fontecchio’s early scoring, who had 12 of Utah’s first 14 points. A 16-7 run further extended their lead, setting the stage for a commanding performance.
Despite a brief surge by the Mavericks in the third quarter, the Jazz pulled away for good with a decisive 16-4 run in the fourth quarter, spearheaded by Clarkson’s contributions. The victory showcased Utah’s depth, resilience, and the historic achievement of Clarkson’s triple-double.
In a post-game reflection, Clarkson acknowledged feeling nervous until the final rebound, emphasizing the significance of the milestone. As the Jazz celebrate this historic win, they look ahead to building on their success and continuing their strong performance in the competitive NBA landscape.