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Jordan Clarkson fires 29 as Jazz rally past Wolves in OT

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Jordan Clarkson fires 29 as Jazz rally past Wolves in OT

TOP GUN. Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson drives to the basket as Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels defends during the fourth quarter.

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After trading away their stars, the new-look Jazz surprisingly start the season with back-to-back wins behind Jordan Clarkson

Jordan Clarkson pumped in 29 points and the Utah Jazz overcame a 17-point deficit to upset the Minnesota Timberwolves, 132-126, in overtime in Minneapolis Friday night, October 21 (Saturday, October 22, Manila time).

The Jazz scored the final 7 points in the extra period to surprisingly pick up their second straight win to start the season.

That late game-winning spurt began with a Mike Conley three-pointer for a 128-126 lead, and it was followed by buckets from Lauri Markkanen and Jarred Vanderbilt.

Markkanen finished with 24 points, Kelly Olynyk had 21 before fouling out late in regulation, and former Minnesota player Malik Beasley added 15.

Conley had 12 points and 11 assists while helping Utah hand the Timberwolves their first loss in two games this season.

Anthony Edwards scored 30 for Minnesota. Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 and D’Angelo Russell added 23, including an OT-forcing bucket with 5.4 seconds left in regulation.

Rudy Gobert, who was traded from Utah to Minnesota in a massive deal that sent multiple players and four first-round picks to the Jazz, hauled in 23 rebounds but only scored 9 points.

After 14 lead changes in the fourth quarter and overtime, Gobert missed two free throws with 34.3 seconds left in overtime to blow a chance to tie the game.

The Timberwolves scored the final 7 points of the fourth quarter to extend the game.

Olynyk put Utah up 120-113 with 1:54 to go with a three-pointer.

Edwards then made a driving layup and Gobert converted a three-point play and then won a critical jump ball with 20.3 seconds left to give Minnesota a chance to tie it up.

The Timberwolves scored the first 5 points and surged ahead by as many as 17 points late in the opening quarter.

The new-look Jazz weren’t about to give up, going on an 8-2 spurt early in the second. The teams played even the rest of the quarter, with Minnesota taking a 64-55 lead into the break.

Utah opened the third quarter on an 11-2 run thanks to three-pointers from Olynyk, Clarkson and Conley.

The Jazz continued their hot play, going ahead 77-70 thanks to a 22-6 run capped by a Markkanen dunk.

Minnesota answered with an 11-4 spurt and wound up slicing the deficit to one point heading to the final quarter. – Rappler.com

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