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Jordan Clarkson Becomes 1st Cavs Player to Accomplish Surprising Feat This Season
- Updated: February 14, 2019
Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost a wild triple-overtime game to the Brooklyn Nets, 148-139. Despite the loss, guard Jordan Clarkson hit a milestone that no Cavaliers player has achieved this season: He broke the 30-point mark.
To be exact, Clarkson finished the game with a career-high 42 points on 16-of-34 from the field. He tacked on eight rebounds and five assists in his 47 minutes of action.
For #Cavs: Clarkson, career-hi 42pts (first Cav to top 30pts this year), 16-34FG, 7-17 3ptFG, 8reb, 5asst; @CollinYoungBull, 24pts, 10-22FG, 6reb, 5asst; @quese, 23pts, 9-16FG, 3-6 3ptFG, 7reb; @cediosman, 13pts, 5-10FG; @Larrydn22, game-hi 14reb; @matthewdelly, game-hi 13 asst.
— Joe Gabriele (@CavsJoeG) February 14, 2019
For a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring hasn’t exactly come easy, so seeing a performance like Clarkson’s is a rarity. The 12-win squad ranks 29th in the NBA in scoring, averaging just 102.3 points per game.
Wednesday’s 139-point outing was the team’s highest scoring affair of the season, surpassing a 136-point win against the Atlanta Hawks back in October.
The Cavs now head into the All-Star break on the heels of a loss, but there are reasons for the players to hold their heads high.
Kevin Love is slowly returning to action, rookie Collin Sexton continues to shine in his starting role, and new addition Marquese Chriss is already showing potential, posting 23 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes on Wednesday.
With over a week until their next game – Feb. 21 against the Phoenix Suns – the Cavs will get some welcomed rest and relaxation before hitting the court for their final 24 games.