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Jordan Clarkson Salvages Poor 1Q For Jazz With Two Late Threes

Jun 8, 2021, 9:03 PM
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Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz reacts to a play in Game Five of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena on June 2, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson might have given his team some momentum heading into the second quarter of Game 1 against the Clippers.

The Jazz had a very sluggish first quarter offensively before Jordan Clarkson hit two threes in the final 50 seconds of the opening quarter. Utah jumped out to a 10-2 lead after hitting their first three triples but then went cold with just two free throws from the 9:24 mark to 48 seconds remaining in the first.

At the end of the first quarter, the Clippers had a 25-18 lead.

During that long scoring slump, the Jazz missed 20 straight shots, including 14 three pointers. Utah shot just 18 percent (5-28) from the field and 25 percent (5-20) from beyond the arc. Los Angeles hit 36 percent (8-22) of their field goals and 36 percent (4-11) from the perimeter.

Luke Kennard led the Clippers with nine points off the bench on 3-for-3 shooting from three. Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson each hit a pair of triples in the first quarter to lead the Jazz.

Game 2 between the Jazz and Clippers will be on Thursday, June 10 at 8 p.m. MT on ESPN.

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