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Jazz Guard Jordan Clarkson Hits Sweeping Hook Shot Against Mavs

Apr 25, 2022, 8:36 PM

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Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz drives into Reggie Bullock #25 of the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of Game Four of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 23, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson hit an impressive hook shot during the first half of Utah’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks hosted the Jazz at American Airlines Center on Monday, April 25.

With 6:19 left in the second quarter, Clarkson drove across the paint before letting loose on a sweeping hook shot that flew through the cylinder.

Clarkson’s shot cut Dallas’ lead to 40-32.

After the shot, Clarkson had six points on 3-5 shooting. He added one rebound and two assists during his first 13 minutes on the hardwood.

This postseason, the Missouri product is averaging 17.5 points on 60.5 percent shooting.

Jazz vs. Mavericks

Both the Jazz and the Mavericks will look to seize control of their opening-round series when the two teams face off in a critical Game 5.

After winning Game 1 on the road, the Jazz surrendered the series lead by losing Games 2 and 3 to Dallas, appearing to have no answers for the scrappier Mavericks attack.

However, the Jazz overcame their faults in Game 4, evening the series at two games apiece with a 100-99 win in Utah.

Jazz Look To Build On Momentum

After disappointing performances in Games 2 and 3, the Jazz seemed to solve their numerous flaws in Saturday’s franchise energizing victory.

Quin Snyder made tangible adjustments to the Jazz’s stagnant defense, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert showed a superstar connection on the floor, and the team overall put forward the effort required to win a playoff series.

The Jazz must now show they have an ability to continue that effort, having far too often this season taken one step forward, only to take two steps back.

Winning in Dallas is a tall task, but the Jazz have the wind at their backs, as the pressure has fallen on the Mavericks to avoid falling behind in the series once again.

Mavericks Look To Regain Control

While the pressure may rest more heavily on the Mavericks after their Game 4 loss, they have the advantage of playing two of the final three games of the series at home, with a healthier Luka Doncic back on the roster.

Doncic missed the first three games of the series but returned with a 30 point, ten rebound, four assist outing in Game 4.

However, the Mavericks roster lacked the same cohesion as the team’s role players struggled to shoot the ball on offense, and failed to keep the Jazz off the three-point line on defense.

Whichever team wins Game 5 will return to Utah with a chance to close out the series in Game 6.

Utah’s game against Dallas is broadcast on TNT, AT&T SportsNet, The Zone Sports Network, and KSL NewsRadio.

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