NBA regular season

Jordan vs Jalen: Jazz rip Rockets, remain perfect

Jordan vs Jalen: Jazz rip Rockets, remain perfect

PRIDE. Jordan Clarkson and Jalen Green have both visited the Philippines in recent years.


Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson and Houston Rockets’ Jalen Green make history as the first two players with Filipino roots to battle in an NBA game

Rudy Gobert posted his fourth double-double in as many games and the Utah Jazz remained unbeaten with a 122-91 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday, October 28 (Friday, October 29, Manila time) at Toyota Center.

Gobert paired 16 points with 14 rebounds while logging 28 minutes for Utah, which led by as many as 36 points in the second half.

It was a historic night for Utah’s Jordan Clarkson and Houston’s Jalen Green as they became the first two players with Filipino roots to face off in an official NBA game. 

Clarkson, last season’s Sixth Man of the Year, fired 16 points on the top of 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the Jazz, who stayed unbeaten in four games.

Green, the standout rookie picked second overall in the draft, scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half and was alone in double figures for Houston prior to the break. He shot 3-of-16 overall.

The special night was also marked with a Filipino Heritage Night celebration, where part of the ticket sales went to the Philippine Sports Association of Texas.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points while Donovan Mitchell chipped in 15 points to underscore another balanced attack for the Jazz. Utah placed seven in double figures in points.

Christian Wood scored 16 points and grabbed 7 boards for the Rockets, who shot 32.6% overall while missing 35 of 44 three-pointers. 

Mitchell ignited the methodical extension of the lead for Utah with his three-point play at the 3:45 mark of the first quarter. He answered a triple from Rockets rookie Alperen Sengun that had pulled Houston to within 19-16 and keyed a 13-2 Jazz rally that closed the opening frame. 

Joe Ingles (14 points) had five consecutive points during the run, one that continued in the second.

Utah tacked on a 12-2 surge in the second in pushing to a 44-24 advantage. 

Clarkson started the rally with a three-pointer and Ingles concluded it with a trey at the 8:02 mark. In the interim, Eric Paschall followed his three-point play with a three-pointer to keep the Jazz rolling.

The Rockets, undone by their poor shooting, could do little to stem the tide. While Utah moved to its largest lead of the first half at 54-28, the Rockets were 3 for 18 from behind the arc. 

Houston managed to shave five points off that deficit by the intermission but closed the half missing 20 of 23 three-pointers. The Jazz and Rockets recorded the same number of shot attempts prior to the break, 42, but Utah finished plus-10 in made baskets en route to a 61-40 lead.

When Mitchell drilled a triple with 6:25 left in the third, the Jazz had their first 30-point lead at 86-54. Utah is 4-0 for the first time since the 2008-2009 season. –