A triple-double is not just a statistic; it's a testament to a player's versatility and excellence on the court. For Jordan Clarkson and the Utah Jazz, Monday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks was a showcase of just that.
Clarkson, coming off the bench, recorded the first regular-season triple-double for a Utah player since 2008, leading the Jazz to a commanding 127-90 victory.
A Decade in the Making
Jordan Clarkson's performance was one for the history books.
Scoring 20 points, with 11 assists and 10 rebounds, he not only marked the first triple-double of his career but also ended a long drought for the Jazz, who hadn't seen a regular-season triple-double since Carlos Boozer achieved the feat on February 13, 2008.
This milestone ended a stretch of 1,256 games without such an achievement for the team. Even more remarkable, Clarkson's triple-double was the first in over 40 years for a Jazz player coming off the bench. This feat dates back to February 5, 1983, when Mark Eaton made his mark.
Clarkson, reflecting on this achievement, humbly stated, “It was a very cool little milestone to put on my list”.The climactic moment of Clarkson’s triple-double came with just 2:28 left on the clock, when he secured his final rebound.
The crowd and his teammates erupted in cheers, a testament to the significance of his performance.
Clarkson admitted, “All the way up to the rebound, I was a little nervous”.
More Than Just a Scorer
This triple-double also represents Clarkson’s evolution as a player.
Once known primarily as a scorer, his expanded role on the Jazz speaks to his growing versatility.
Jazz coach Will Hardy praised this transformation, noting, “He’s adapted to a new role and he’s really trying to expand how he contributes to winning”.The game also saw significant contributions from other Jazz players. Simone Fontecchio led with 24 points, followed by Lauri Markkanen with 17, and John Collins with 15. Walker Kessler had a team-high of 10 rebounds and four blocks, along with 11 points.
The victory marked Utah's fourth straight home win and was a redemption of sorts, avenging a 50-point loss to Dallas in December.
The Jazz have now won eight of their last 11 games, with Markkanen remarking, “Eighty-seven point swing is kind of wild. It feels good to start the year off right”.