Saturday, December 4, 2021

Clarkson scores 30, Mitchell-Les Jazz beat Hawks 116-98

ATLANTA (NWN) — Jordan Clarkson was coming off one of his worst games ever.

His teammates asked him to continue shooting.

That belief certainly paid off on a night when the Utah Jazz didn’t have their leading scorer.

Clarkson scored 30 points and the Jazz blew up the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter for a 116-98 win Thursday night despite Donovan Mitchell’s absence.

“Everyone is just coming up to me and saying, ‘Jessie, keep shooting, keep shooting. It’s gonna happen,'” Clarkson said. “That’s why I love this team. I love my teammates, I love the coaching staff, I love this organization. They believe in me and believe in what I can do. It’s beautiful.”

Mitchell was not dressed due to a sprained right ankle, but last season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner warmed up in time to give the Jazz their eighth win in nine games.

It was tight through the first three quarters, with the Jazz leading 75–74 in the final period. But Utah blew away the home team in the final 12 minutes, dropping eight 3-pointers hitting 13 of their final 22 shots.

Clarkson was coming out of a miserable game on Tuesday night, 0 for 11 from 3-point range and finished with just two points in a 1 for 13 win on aggregate. over Sacramento.

It was his second straight game without a 3 after scoring at least one run from long range in 99 consecutive games.

It took another half time to finally get out of his slump. Clarkson missed five more 3-pointers in the first two quarters, extending his drought to 23 consecutive shots beyond the arc.

Finally, just before the midpoint of the third period, Clarkson pulled over 27 feet and dropped one. He kept right on firing and scored three more 3-pointers, ending with the season’s high mark on 10-of-19 shooting.

Joe Ingalls, who started in Mitchell’s place, said, ‘We know how aggressively he is coming off the bench. “We expect him to do this every night.”

Trae Young scored 21 points for the Hawks, who took just 42.7% of shots from the field, including 7 of 28 on 3-pointers. It was Atlanta’s first loss in four games this season at the State Farm Arena.

After an unexpected run to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Hawks are off to a sluggish start.

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The Jazz scored 77 points in the second half – even without Mitchell, coach Nate McMillan was furious at his team.

“We need a spark,” McMillan said. “We need some people who will go out there and defend.”

Michelle had a surprising scratch. He injured an ankle in the closing seconds of the first half against the Kings, but returned to finish with a season-high 36 points.

Mitchell insisted the injury was not serious or related to a serious ankle sprain in the previous season, which caused him to miss the last 16 games of the regular season and the playoff opener.

But the Jazz wasn’t taking any chances. Ingalls filled in just fine with a 6 out of 5 performance and 19 points from outside Stripe.

Tip-ins

Jazz: Bojan Bogdanovich Scored 23 marks. … Rudy Gobert had 15 rebounds to go with 13 points, helping the Jazz to dominate the board 47-32. … Mike Conley made 11 assists. … Utah outscored the Hawks by 29 points during 31 minutes when Clarkson was on the court.

Hawks: Lost four of their last five and slipped 4-5 in the season, the first time they’ve been below .500. … After a strong start to the season, Cam Radish has scored just six points on 2 of 12 shootings in the last two games – including 0 for 6 from the 3-point line.

Champions honored

The Hawks paid tribute to the World Series champion Atlanta Braves during the break between the first and second quarters.

Brave players Freddie Freeman, Jock Pedersen and AJ Minter sat on the edge of the court, Pedersen wearing a Hawks jersey and fashionable strands of pearls during the Braves’ improbable run for the championship.

A parade has been planned for Friday to honor the team. Pedersen grabbed a mic and spoke briefly to the crowd.

“We love you guys,” he said. “We can’t wait to see you at the parade tomorrow. Swing like a hawk!”

next

The Jazz: Travel to Miami to face the Heat on Saturday in the second match of three straight road games.

Hawks: Begin a four-game western road trip on Saturday against the Phoenix Suns.

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