Mikey Williams draws praises from NBA star Jordan Clarkson

It looks like TNT hotshot Mikey Williams just earned a new fan in NBA star Jordan Clarkson after the former's performance in the Tropang Giga's 86-84 win against the San Miguel Beermen in Game 1 of their best-of-seven 2022 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday, Aug. 21.

TNT star Mikey Williams (PBA)

Williams went fiery alongside the likes of RR Pogoy and Jayson Castro and posted 21 points and four rebounds, leading TNT's rally in the third quarter.

This prompted Clarkson to show his appreciation towards Williams and took it to social media his support for the Tropang Giga's do-it-all guard.

"big fan! mikey williams got game! TNT!" the Utah Jazz guard tweeted shortly.

After the game, the 30-year-old Williams made it short but sweet and returned the favor to Clarkson.

"That's love," said the Rookie of the Year awardee when asked about Clarkson's tweet. "I know him from LA (Los Angeles). I played with him a lot there so I'm familiar with him."

The 6-foot-2 Williams hails from Los Angeles spending most of his high school and collegiate basketball careers representing California.

Interestingly, though Clarkson, 30, is from Tampa, Florida, the Filipino-American star spent the first four years of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Clarkson, unfortunately, missed one of the highlights of the game as he left early in the fourth quarter. Moments later, Castro showed another vintage performance as he drilled a huge jumper at the buzzer to win it for TNT.

Meanwhile, Game 2 kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the same venue as the Tropang Giga leads the series, 1-0.