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NBA: Jordan Clarkson, Collin Sexton push hot Jazz through Clippers


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FILE – Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz plays against the New Orleans Pelicans during a game at Smoothie King Center on October 23, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images / AFP

Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points and Collin Sexton added 9 of his 22 points in the fourth half as the Utah Jazz visitors continued their hot season start with a 110-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Lauri Markkanen added 18 points and nine rebounds as Utah won a second straight game in Los Angeles after a three-game losing streak, the only loss the Jazz had of the season. Jazz beat Lakers hosts 130-116 on Friday.

Paul George scored 34 points and Marcus Morris Sr. added 18 points as the Clippers saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. It was Los Angeles’ first loss in four games as George scored at least 30 points.

The Clippers took a 96-92 lead with 5:35 left before the Jazz turned the game around 9-0 to take a 101-96 advantage with 4:13 remaining. Malik Beasley had five points throughout the run, including a 3-point basket, and finished the game with 10 points.

Sexton’s 5-0 individual goal in the final one-minute period gave Utah a 106-98 advantage with the remaining score at 2:41. Sexton’s jump with 54.3 seconds remaining thanks to a feed from Kelly Olynyk gave the Jazz a 108-102 lead to essentially seal the win.

Mike Conley has 17 points for the Jazz, while Terance Mann has 14 for the Clippers. Ivica Zubac and John Wall have 12 points each for Los Angeles.

The Clippers received 15 first-quarter points from George, while the game was tied with 29-all after opening time. George finished with 24 points in the first half, but Clarkson had 17 points in the first two quarters as Utah led 63-56 in the first half.

The Clippers took advantage of a 29-21 advantage in the third half to lead 85-84 as George had 31 points in the first 36 minutes.

Jazz Jarred Vanderbilt’s outstanding defense missed the game with a sore right foot. The Clippers played a seventh straight game without star Kawhi Leonard (knee) as head coach Tyronn Lue said the All-Star forward was moving towards a return.

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