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Jordan Clarkson Gives Surging Jazz Boost With Hammer Dunk

Dec 26, 2023, 8:09 PM | Updated: 8:10 pm

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Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jordan Clarkson took advantage of a basketball game that devolved into a track meet as he blew by the Spurs defense for a righthanded hammer that gave the Jazz a late 13-point lead.

Utah is facing the San Antonio Spurs (4-24) at the Frost Bank Center on Tuesday, December 26.

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The former Sixth Man of the Year blew by Julian Champagnie and knew exactly what to do without any San Antonio rim protection on the floor to help. Clarkson rose and threw down the righty jam with authority as the Jazz attempted to pull away.

The Jazz have outscored San Antonio 20-9 to start the final period. Utah leads 120-105 with 5:04 to play.

Struggling Spurs Looking To Right Ship

While all the talk has been on Detroit Pistons NBA record-tying 26-game losing streak, the San Antonio Spurs have lost 21 of their past 22 games. The Spurs’ struggles include an 18-game losing skid of their own.

Led by future Hall of Fame head coach Greg Popovich, the Spurs entered this game with a 107.2 offensive rating (30th) and a 119.2 defensive rating (24th), San Antonio’s negative-12 net rating is also the worst in the NBA.

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2023 No. 1 pick Victor Wembanyama averages a team-high 18.5 points and 10.7 rebounds. The 7’4 Frenchman leads the NBA with three blocks per game.

Devin Vassell averages 17.9 points on more than seven three-point attempts per night. Keldon Johnson adds 17.2 points, 6.4 boards, and 3.9 assists in a team-high 32.7 minutes a night.

This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

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