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Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson on outdueling Ben Simmons with scintillating 40-point night

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Jordan Clarkson had one of the best scoring nights of his career when he dropped 40 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a thrilling 134-123 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Jazz sixth man’s big outing spoiled the otherwise magnificent night of Sixers star Ben Simmons, who scored a career-high 42 points on Monday night.

After the game, Clarkson emphasized that he just did what was asked of him and played within his role, which is to “take shots and make plays.”

“I’m just doing what coach preaches and what we tell each other in the locker room — just take the shots that are available. Take shots and make plays — and that never changes if we’re up by 20 or down by 15, my role is the same. That’s who I am.” Clarkson said via Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune.

Jordan Clarkson took his shots and made a ton of them in a scintillating fashion. The Filipino-American can get his buckets in a multitude of ways but found his calling card from beyond the arc on Monday. Clarkson knocked down eight 3-pointers in the high-scoring affair and shot 13 of 20 from the field.

As for Simmons, aside from the highest scoring output of his career, he also almost finished with a triple-double, albeit in a losing effort against the Jazz. The 2017-18 Rookie of the Year finished with 12 assists and came one rebound short of notching the trip-dub.

It’s an understatement to say that Utah has been rolling this season. With the win over Philly, the Jazz continue to go on an insanely torrid stretch, having won 19 of their last 20 games. Clarkson has certainly done his part in helping the Jazz hold the best record in the NBA. The 28-year old is averaging 18.2 points off the Jazz’s bench and is one of the front-runners of Sixth Man of the Year.