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SALT LAKE CITY — Jordan Clarkson had a season-high 39 points and eight rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 132-129 overtime victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.

Clarkson was 15 of 26 from the field and hit seven 3-pointers to help Utah sweep a two-game set with a 121-100 win over New Orleans on Tuesday night.

“I got into a rhythm early,” Clarkson said. “Mike (Conley) was feeding me, just getting open shots, non-stop offense. It was definitely fun to see the ball go in.”

Lauri Markkanen scored 31 points and Malik Beasley scored 17 for Utah.

Zion Williamson scored 31 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two blocks for New Orleans. CJ McCollum scored 28 points, and Nate Marshall and Larry Nance Jr. scored 13 each.

“The effort was much higher than two nights ago,” Williamson said. “Just too many twists and turns in important parts of the game.”

Clarkson tied it with his first basket of the fourth quarter until the final minute.

Markkanen followed with another 3 to give the Jazz a 121-118 lead. Trey Murphy III made a corner 3 for New Orleans with 2.9 seconds left to force overtime.

The Jazz never trailed in overtime after Clarkson made a pair of baskets to give Utah a 127-123 lead. McCollum had a chance to tie it, but missed a 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left.

“We just didn’t do well enough to get the ball in bounds and make a shot,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said.

New Orleans threatened to break the shutout in the third quarter after going on a 14-2 run to take a 76-63 lead. The Pelicans made 10 of their first 12 shots to open the quarter. Williamson fueled the run with back-to-back baskets and an assist with another bucket.

Utah erased the deficit before the quarter was over. Beasley finished a 14-1 run to give the Jazz a 91-90 lead.

“They controlled the game a little bit there, especially to start the third quarter, and I thought our team dug deep,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “The bench gave us a big boost and the guys responded.”


The Jazz had a chance at the game-winning field goal in regulation when Markkanen hit a short jumper in the final seconds. Nance connected with the Utah forward and denied him a layup to force overtime. The officials reviewed the goaltender’s play, but it stood after the review.

“That was probably the highest point of the shot,” Markkanen said. “We should have played five more minutes, but it was a good game. We got a great look at it. He played a great game.”


Pelicans. Marshall had four steals, matching his career high. … New Orleans went 12 of 30 from 3-point range Tuesday night against Utah after making just four outside baskets.

Jazz. Clarkson scored a career-high 17 points in the first quarter. … Utah scored 33 points on New Orleans’ 18 turnovers.


Pelicans. Saturday night in Phoenix.

Jazz. in Milwaukee on Saturday night.



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