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Utah Jazz destroy the Dallas Mavericks behind historic triple-double for Jordan Clarkson

Jordan Clarkson got that triple-double for the Utah Jazz!

Dallas Mavericks v Utah Jazz Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

The Utah Jazz kicked off 2024 with a win over the Dallas Mavericks. That is now 4 straight home wins for the Jazz and 5 wins in their last 6 games. At times it felt like a playoff atmosphere, which was good news considering how much of a snoozefest it was the last time these two teams met. The winning formula for Utah for this game turned out to be limiting turnovers and playing solid enough defense to not let Mavericks stars Luka Doncic or Kyrie Irving impose their will. We even had the “curse of no triple doubles in Utah” broken with the first regular season triple double by a Utah Jazz player since 2008, Jordan Clarkson achieved just the 25th triple double in Jazz history.

The Mavericks started this game kind of slow and it seemed like nothing could go right for them in the first quarter. After trailing 37-26 to start the 2nd quarter, the Mavs were able to turn up the defensive pressure and as a result the Jazz went cold from the field. Dallas held Utah to 35% from the field in the 2nd period to cut the lead to 7 by halftime. Despite hanging around for the first 3 quarters, Dallas ultimately couldn’t get over the hump as Utah had an answer for every Mavs run. Doncic led the team with 19 points but only shot 30% from the field and Kyrie Irving struggled from the field after missing the last 12 games. Jaden Hardy was a spark off the bench with 17 points and 5 threes but didn’t get much help from other reserves.

The Jazz played well as a team once again and the energy in this game was night and day compared to the last time these two teams played. Utah shot well from the field overall but the passing in this game really frustrated any defensive look the Mavericks could throw at the Jazz. Utah also did a nice job of limiting Luka Doncic on the offensive end, although that may have had something to do with the injury to his quad that he recently came back from. Even with the injury in mind though the Jazz did a good job of forcing other Mavericks players to beat them. Utah was executing very well for most of the night on the offensive also. The team had a season high of 37 assists and quite a few hustle plays that won’t show up on the stat sheet. Utah had 6 players in double figures and were led by Simone Fontecchio with 24 points.

Utah still sits on the outside looking when it comes to the playoffs or even the play-in, but with every win this team seems to gain more confidence and chemistry. They have been a different team for the last 10-11 games, and it is impressive to see, especially after starting the season so poorly. They will continue trying to climb up the standings when they host the league worst Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Dallas will return home and begin a much needed 7 game homestand against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. GO JAZZ!!

Games Notes: Former Jazzman Dante Exum exited the game in the 2nd quarter due to a heel contusion.