The Rundown: Historic night for Filipinos as Clarkson, Green duel for first time

Published October 29, 2021, 1:20 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

It was a memorable day for Filipinos as Jordan Clarkson and Jalen Green became the first players of Filipino descent to play in the same NBA game.


Sixers 110, Pistons 102

Wizards 122, Hawks 111

Jazz 122, Rockets 91

Knicks 104, Bulls 103

Mavericks 104, Spurs 99

Grizzlies 104, Warriors 101

What went down

It was a night of feels around the league. 

In Houston, it was Filipino Heritage Night, which Jalen Green and Jordan Clarkson celebrated by exchanging buckets. Green’s shot didn’t fall, missing all eight of his 3-point attempts, but he did manage to still score 13, grab three boards, and get three assists.

Clarkson had a relatively better shooting night, scoring 16 on 6-of-16 shooting. The Utah Jazz went on to score a huge win over the Rockets, but at least all fans at the Toyota Center went home with a Jalen Green shirt.

In Chicago, it was Joakim Noah Night, which the Chicago Bulls celebrated by hustling their hearts out in the final two minutes—just like Noah would’ve done. 

The Knicks were up big but the Bulls went on a 12-0 run, just coming up short on a buzzer-beating game-winning try by DeMar DeRozan. 

The highlight of the night was now-Knick and forever hometown hero Derrick Rose getting a standing ovation and “M-V-P” chants in Chicago. Former Bull Taj Gibson also got some love:

Big-time baller

Joel Embiid showed up for another monster game. In true Embiid fashion, he dropped 30 points in 31 minutes and pulled down 18 boards.

He also shot an efficient 13 of 15 from the free throw line—the most made freebies of any player this season.

The best part is that he did all that with lingering pain in his knee. Not a lot can do that.

What he said

Respect from Kuya Jordan: 

Did you see that?

It was a big night for Utah Jazz fans, but a bigger night for Filipino basketball fans. For the first time in league history, two players of Filipino descent shared the floor. What a moment it was:

After the game, Filipino fans were also treated to a Q&A with Green and Clarkson. 


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