Jordan Clarkson, Jalen Green make NBA history on Filipino Heritage Night

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 28 : Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz and Jalen Green #0 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game on October 28, 2021 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 28 : Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz and Jalen Green #0 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game on October 28, 2021 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)

Jordan Clarkson and Jalen Green made history in the NBA

The two stars became the first two basketball players of Filipino descent to share the court in the league.

It was nothing short of monumental for Philippine basketball as the two faced off during the Filipino Heritage Night, an event dedicated to celebrate the Filipino American History in the United States every October.  

"Just us two being here...it's just like super inspirational for the youth and every Filipino-American, every Filipino, anybody with Filipino blood," Clarkson, who suited for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games, said in the post-game interview.  

"It's an amazing experience." 

In the midst of a historical moment, Clarkson and Green made sure to put on a show.  

The reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year flaunted his prolific form as he finished with 16 points built on three triples, six rebounds and three assists to help steer the Jazz to victory.  

On the other hand, Green, the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, ended the memorable night with 13 points, three boards, three assists, a steal and a block for the Rockets.  

As grateful as he was to have made history with Green, Clarkson hopes that this will not be the last time he will be seeing players with Filipino blood share the court in the league.  

"This is something that never can be done again because we're the first. But hopefully, we can see more [Filipinos] that can come to the league," he said.

The Utah Jazz visited and defeated the Houston Rockets, 122-91 on Thursday (Friday, October 29, Manila time) at the Toyota Center.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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