Utah’s Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-winning three against the Houston Rockets last night. The Croatian’s three is the highlight of the night, along with Andre Iguodala’s comeback to the floor.
Utah Takes Down Houston Rockets
Bogdanovic received the ball with 1.6 seconds to go, and sunk a three from some 29 feet over James Harden and PJ Tucker, to seal a 114-113 victory for the Jazz. Up until that point, he wasn’t very good from downtown, making just one three in six attempts.
Believe it or not, he is the only player in league with more than one game-winning buzzer-beaters since the start of this campaign. This info tells a lot about the role he has in Utah, and the confidence their head coach Quin Snyder has in sharpshooting forward.
The hosts had a lead throughout most of the game, but couldn’t break the resistance of the Jazzers, who kept near denying every push Harden and the boys made. They would shift into a higher gear near the end, getting a seven-point lead with three minutes to go, but allowed the Rockets to come back and have a chance to win. That mistake was erased by Bogi.
The Croatian had just 8 points in this one, with 4 assists. However, he made the shot when needed the most. Jordan Clarkson had 30 points off the bench, shooting 12-for-19; Donovan Mitchell scored 24, with 5 boards and 6 assists. Mike Conley had 10 with the same figures, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Rudy Gobert posted another double-double with 12 points and 15 boards.
Among the hosts, James Harden posted a triple-double with 28 points and 10 boards and assists each. Russell Westbrook had a team-high with 39 buckets and 6 boards.
Iguodala Back, Heat Lose to Blazers
After not playing a single game since the NBA Finals last season, Andre Iguodala made a debut for the Miami Heat. Erik Spoelstra’s guys lost in Portland, 115-109. Iggy had 2 points and 6 rebounds, along with one steal and one block in 23 minutes on the court.
His new team didn’t have a solution for Damian Lillard and the Blazers, who posted a win in this one, pretty much controlling the flow throughout the entire event.
Dame posted 33 points, had 8 assists and scored six threes. Gary Trent Jr. added 22 off the bench, Trevor Ariza 21, and Carmelo Anthony 15. Hassan Whiteside posted 17 boards against his former team, with 11 points.
Heat appeared without Jimmy Butler. Goran Dragic replaced him as the no.1 scorer with 27 points, but the lack of his contribution on the defensive side of the ball couldn’t be covered up. Jae Crowder, who came from Memphis along with Iguodala, had a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards, also of the bench, while Duncan Robinson splashed 6 threes and 19 points.
In other games of the night, Atlanta Hawks took down the New York Knicks after two overtimes, 140-135 in a really exciting game. The 76ers defeated Chicago Bulls, 118-111. LA Clippers trashed Cleveland Cavaliers 133-92 on the road, while the Grizzlies managed to beat Wizards in DC, 106-99.
Earlier yesterday, the Celtics routed Thunder in OKC, 112-111.