Clarkson’s Historic Triple-Double Powers Jazz To Rout Of Mavs

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Jordan Clarkson made a significant impact from the bench, achieving the first regular-season triple-double for a Utah Jazz player since 2008. During Monday’s NBA action, this led them to a dominant 127-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Clarkson’s triple-double, consisting of 20 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, was not only the first for the Jazz in a regular-season game since Carlos Boozer in 2008 but also the first by a Jazz bench player in over four decades since Mark Eaton in 1983. Clarkson expressed his excitement about this personal milestone. His achievement came in his 685th regular-season game and 728th career game overall.

“It was a very cool little milestone to put on my list,” Clarkson said.

The moment was celebrated by his teammates and Jazz fans, especially after Clarkson secured his final rebound with just over two minutes remaining. Coach Will Hardy praised Clarkson for evolving beyond his early reputation as a scorer, noting his contributions to the team’s success.

“He’s adapted to a new role and he’s really trying to expand how he contributes to winning,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “It’s not just about scoring points. If I could have picked somebody on our team right now to break the streak, it would have been Jordan.”

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Simone Fontecchio led the Jazz scoring with 24 points, supported by Lauri Markkanen with 17 points and John Collins with 15. Walker Kessler made a notable contribution with 10 rebounds, four blocks, and 11 points.

“All the way up to the rebound, I was a little nervous,” Clarkson said.

This victory marked Utah’s fourth consecutive home win and a significant turnaround from their 50-point loss to Dallas in December. The Jazz have now won eight of their last 11 games.

“Eighty-seven point swing is kind of wild,” Markkanen said. “It feels good to start the year off right.”

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For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic led with 19 points, 14 assists, and six rebounds, while Jaden Hardy added 17 points. Dallas struggled against Utah’s defensive strategies, with coach Jason Kidd acknowledging the team’s inability to adapt.

“We just couldn’t get in a rhythm with that zone, the box-and-one and the different defenses that they played tonight,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “We knew what was coming. We just didn’t execute or capitalize on it tonight.”

Kyrie Irving returned for Dallas after missing 12 games with a heel injury, scoring 14 points. He shared his nervousness about returning from this unique injury.

“It’s my first time in my career I’ve had this type of injury and it was unique and I wasn’t sure how long I was going to be out,” Irving said. “There was no structural damage done to it, but it was, achy, and I don’t want to say (I was) humbled, but you realize that the injury is a lot more significant when you can’t get your other shoe on.”

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The Jazz’s strong start was fueled by Fontecchio, who scored 12 early points, setting up a significant lead by the end of the first quarter. Despite Dallas closing the gap in the third quarter, Utah surged ahead with a 16-4 run in the fourth, propelled by Clarkson’s scoring and assists.

Looking ahead, Dallas will host the Portland Trail Blazers, while Utah welcomes the Detroit Pistons, both games scheduled for Wednesday.

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