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Pelicans vs. Jazz – NBA Game Recap – December 15, 2022

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SALT LAKE CITY — — Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 39 points and had eight rebounds within the Utah Jazz’s 132-129 extra time victory over the Recent Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.

Clarkson was 15 of 26 from the sphere and made seven 3-pointers to assist Utah sweep the two-game set after beating Recent Orleans 121-100 on Tuesday night.

“Got in a rhythm early,” Clarkson said. “Mike (Conley) was feeding me, just getting open shots, all-in-the-flow offense. It definitely felt good to see the ball go in.”

Lauri Markkanen added 31 points and Malik Beasley had 17 for Utah.

Zion Williamson had 31 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two blocks for Recent Orleans. C.J. McCollum added 28 points, and Nate Marshall and Larry Nance, Jr. each had 13.

“The trouble was there rather a lot greater than two nights ago,” Williamson said. “Just too many turnovers in crucial parts of the sport.”

Clarkson tied it going into the ultimate minute together with his first basket of the fourth quarter.

Markkanen followed with one other 3 to present the Jazz a 121-118 lead. Trey Murphy III made a corner 3 for Recent Orleans with 2.9 seconds remaining to force extra time.

The Jazz never trailed in the additional period after Clarkson made a pair of baskets to place Utah up 127-123. McCollum had a probability to tie it but missed a 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left.

“We just didn’t execute adequate to get the ball in bounds and get a shot off,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said.

Recent Orleans threatened to interrupt a detailed game open within the third quarter after charging out to a 76-63 lead behind a 14-2 run. The Pelicans made 10 of their first 12 shots to open the quarter. Williamson fueled the run by scoring back-to-back baskets and assisting on one other bucket.

Utah erased the deficit before the quarter ended. Beasley made an alley oop layup to cap a 14-1 run and put the Jazz up 91-90.

“They type of had control of the sport there for a bit of bit, especially to begin the third quarter and I assumed that our team dug deep,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “The bench gave us an enormous lift, and the fellows responded.”

BIG BLOCK

The Jazz had a probability at a game-winning basket in regulation when Markkanen tossed up a brief jumper in the ultimate second. Nance switched onto the Utah forward and denied him with a block to force extra time. Officials reviewed the play for goaltending, however it stood after review.

“It was probably the very best point of the shot,” Markkanen said. “We needed to play one other five minutes, however it was a very good play. We got an incredible have a look at it. He made an incredible play.”

TIP INS

Pelicans: Marshall had 4 steals, matching his profession high. … Recent Orleans went 12 of 30 from 3-point range after making just 4 outside baskets against Utah on Tuesday night.

Jazz: Clarkson scored 17 points in the primary quarter — a career-best for first-quarter points. … Utah scored 33 points off 18 Recent Orleans turnovers.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At Phoenix on Saturday night.

Jazz: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.

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