It was a showdown between two conference leaders wherein Utah Jazz hosted Philadelphia 76ers. Jordan Clarkson rose to the occasion to score season-high 40 to maintain Jazz’s winning streak. Clarkson hit a career-high eight 3-pointers and Donovan Mitchell added 24 points to help the Jazz overcome an early 14-point deficit. Utah has won eight straight games and 19 of 20.
Talking about the Philadelphia 76ers, they were without their leader Joel Embiid, who sat out because of back tightness. Simmons had 19 points in the 1st quarter, his most ever in one quarter. Ben Simmons also had 12 assists and 9 rebounds, whereas Tobias Harris knocked season-best 36 points for the 76ers. However, Clarkson set his career scoring high for a game that ended in regulation. He had 42 points in a three-overtime loss to Brooklyn on February 13, 2019.
Jordan Clarkson maintains Jazz’s winning streak as they crush 76ers in Conference Leaders Showdown
The Jazz scored 10 straight points as part of an 18-4 run to take their first lead in the second quarter and went up 67-59 on Bojan Bogdanovic’s jumper in the lane. Clarkson was the primary driver of the surge with 21 first-half points to help Utah build a 72-66 halftime lead.
Embiid was scratched after coming out to warm up, and coach Doc Rivers expressed surprise he wasn’t playing. Dwight Howard had 14 points and 12 rebounds in a reserve role. Shooting under 60% from the foul line during his career, Simmons went 12 of 13 on free throws. Simmons and Harris took turns isolating and driving to the basket with a full head of stream starting from beyond the 3-point line. Utah tried O’Neale, Rudy Gobert and others but they all had trouble stopping Simmons in the paint.