The night’s biggest game in the NBA saw the Utah Jazz defeating the Philadelphia 76ers, 134-123.
Guests from Pennsylvania played without Joel Embiid, but even so, they managed to put up a solid resistance. If it weren’t for Jordan Clarkson, who scored 40 points, his season-high, the visiting side might have some chances. The frontrunner for the NBA’s Sixth Man on the Year award was unstoppable, running up and down the floor and scoring from all sorts of positions.
Clarkson dropped 42 points, with eight three-pointers, all that in 29 minutes in the game.
Meanwhile, the 76ers had Ben Simmons who was even better, with 42 points, having 12 assists and nine boards. The former rookie of the years was 15-for-26 from the field, missing just one of his 13 free-throw attempts.
Tobias Harris added 36 buckets with 10 rebounds, 14-for-24. What was the biggest problem for Doc Rivers’ side is that he didn’t have anyone besides these three guys to step up. Dwight Howard scored 14 buckets and had 12 boards off the bench, while Seth Curry dropped 11 points, and that was it.
Meanwhile, the Jazz’s starting lineup all had double-digit points. The best was Donovan Mitchell with 24, and Joe Ingles with 20. Royce O’Neale, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Rudy Gobert all scored 11 apiece.
They would open the match a bit slower, especially in defense, allowing 42 points in the first 12 minutes. However, Quin Snyder woke them up between the periods, and the Jazz came out fired up for the second sequence, winning that one 37-24. It was the turning point of the game, and after that, they wouldn’t let go of the lead until the end.
This was their eighth consecutive victory and the 19th in the past 20. Right now, they top the league with 23 wins and five losses and have a solid edge compared to the other rivals.
The Jazzers are now heading for LA for back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Clippers, who are one of the teams following them in the standings. They would reach back to Salt Lake City once finishing obligations in LA to face the Hornets and the Lakers.
As for the 76ers, they travel back home to host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. After that, Philly hosts the Chicago Bulls, before hitting the road for back-to-back matches versus Toronto Raptors.