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Jordan Clarkson, Jazz dominate final period to down Blazers


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Jordan Clarkson, Jazz dominate final period to down Blazers

ON TARGET. Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson celebrates after a shot.


The Jazz remain unbeaten in the in-season tournament as Jordan Clarkson again picks up the scoring cudgels

Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points on 13-of-19 shooting to lead the Utah Jazz to a 115-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, November 14 (Wednesday, November 15, Manila time) at Salt Lake City.

Lauri Markkanen added 21 points and 9 rebounds as Utah won its second straight game.

The Jazz also improved to 2-0 in Group West A play of the NBA’s in-season tournament. Portland fell to 1-1.

Jerami Grant scored 26 points and Deandre Ayton had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost their fourth straight contest.

Utah limited Portland to 13 points in the final quarter while sealing the win.

Keyonte George registered 15 points and 7 assists while John Collins had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots for the Jazz. 

Reserves Collin Sexton (13 points and 7 assists) and Kelly Olynyk (12 points and 12 boards) also had big roles in the win.

Shaedon Sharpe recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists for Portland. Jabari Walker added 12 points and 8 rebounds off the bench and Skylar Mays collected 10 boards.

Portland’s Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) missed his second straight game.

Utah shot 46.3% from the field, including 13-of-43 from three-point range (30.2%).

Portland made just 42% of its shots and was 11-of-35 (31.4%) from behind the arc.

Mays scored on a layup to bring Portland within 95-93 with 11:01 left in the contest.

The Jazz then erupted with 13 consecutive points. Markkanen scored seven straight in the spurt that concluded with Utah leading 108-93 with 5:40 remaining. Portland didn’t threaten again.

Clarkson scored 16 first-half points as the Jazz led 67-58 at the break. Ayton scored 14 in the half for Portland.

Clarkson tallied 10 more points in the third quarter as Utah maintained the nine-point edge.

The Trail Blazers moved within 85-82 after a three-pointer by Grant with 2:26 left in the period.

But Sexton drained a triple with 32 seconds left and Markkanen scored with a second to go to give Utah a 95-86 lead heading into the fourth. –

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