Niang, Clarkson Start Fourth Quarter With Four Threes Against Timberwolves

Apr 26, 2021, 8:23 PM
Georges Niang - Utah Jazz vs. Timberwolves...
Georges Niang #31 of the Utah Jazz defends against Naz Reid #11 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter of the game at Target Center on April 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz were in desperate need of some offense to start the fourth quarter and Georges Niang and Jordan Clarkson provided that.

The Jazz were trailing the Minnesota Timberwolves 83-70 to start the fourth quarter before Niang and Clarkson gave a little spark. Niang hit the first three-pointer of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 83-73. Minnesota made a bucket before Jordan Clarkson hit his first three-pointer of the game after going 0-for-8 from deep. Clarkson has now made a three-pointer in 83 straight games.

After Naz Reid made a jumpshot and a free throw to complete the three-point play, the Timberwolves went up 90-78. Niang put the Jazz within single digits with his second three-pointer of the quarter.

Mike Conley hit a two-point jumper before Karl Anthony-Towns returned the favor. Niang then hit another three-pointer to put the Jazz within six points.

After Utah scored 33 points in the first quarter, the defense came out for Minnesota in the second quarter as the Timberwolves outscored the Jazz 32-14 to take a 49-47 lead at the break.

Joe Ingles had nine points to lead the Jazz. D’Angelo Russell had 18 points in the first half off the bench, including 6-of-8 shooting from downtown.

Utah is currently on a three-game road trip. They will make their second stop in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 p.m. MDT.

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