Jordan Clarkson's insane 3rd Quarter performance

Published September 2, 2023 at 4:55 PM

In a thrilling matchup at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Jordan Clarkson, the Utah Jazz star, set the court ablaze, propelling Gilas Pilipinas to a resounding 96-75 win over China. Clarkson's third-quarter outburst, where he scored 20 of his 34 points in under four minutes, proved pivotal as the Philippines secured a commanding 73-51 lead going into the final quarter.

The game had fans on edge as both teams were tied after the first quarter, with China narrowly leading 40-39 at halftime. Notably, this game marked Clarkson's highest-scoring performance in the tournament and his best since a 38-point game against the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2022-23 NBA season. It also solidified his position as the FIBA World Cup's top scorer.

Clarkson's stellar display left fans and pundits in awe, with an impressive 11-18 field goal record and 5-10 three-point shooting. Naveen Ganglani, a respected sports commentator, hailed Clarkson's performance as a legendary moment.

Despite recently turning 31, Clarkson expressed his desire to represent his country again in the 2027 World Cup. He said, "Age is just a number; I can still compete." His commitment has fans excited for the future.

While Clarkson shone, his teammates played vital supporting roles. Ariel John Edu secured 10 rebounds, and Kai Zachary Sotto grabbed four offensive boards in 19 minutes.

On the Chinese side, Kaier Li led with 17 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Despite shooting 52.5 percent from two-point range, China struggled from beyond the arc, making just 5 of 22 attempts.

This victory held immense significance for Gilas Pilipinas, aiming to salvage their tournament after losing their first four games. Unfortunately, they won't qualify for the 2024 Olympics, marking the 13th consecutive Summer Games without their participation since 1972. China faces a similar fate, missing out on the Olympics for the second time.

In summary, Jordan Clarkson's unforgettable performance ignited Gilas Pilipinas to a historic victory, setting the stage for future international glory. This game will be remembered as one of his iconic moments in basketball history.
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Jordan Clarkson's insane 3rd Quarter performance

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