BOGDANOVIC PRAIZES COACHES FOR HIS BUZZER WINNER

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Bojan Bogdanovic it was who produced the NBA game-winner for the Utah Jazz against the Houston Rockets on Sunday. The 6ft 8in small-forward grabbed a buzzer-beating three pointer that edged the Jazz into a narrow 114-113 triumph.

He didn’t believe it made him a hero, though. The 30-year-old former Croatian international had struggled for much of the contest. He finished with just eight points in 32 minutes on two-of-seven shooting as Utah improved to 4-18.

Bogdanovic, who played for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers in the NBA before Utah, praised Utah’s coaching staff for giving him the chance despite his below-par performance?

“First of all, I wasn’t supposed to be on the court on the last play the way I played the whole game,” he told AT&T SportsNet.

“But that’s the coaching staff; they believe in me, they gave me the opportunity to shoot the game-winning shot.

“I stayed confident, I know that I’m able to hit all shots and at the end of the game it’s a very important Win for us.”

Harden finished with a triple-double of 28

James Harden finished with a triple-double of 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets, while Russell Westbrook had 39 points.

Bogdanovic talked up the importance of the win for Utah. With this win they edged clear of Houston into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. The NJ bookies have them joint 4th at +1000 with the Denver Nuggets.  The LA Lakers (+175), LA Clipper (-190) and Houston Rockets (+650) are the three teams ahead of them.

“That was our game plan; to take the ball out of James’ hands, I think we did a great job the whole game,” he said.

“Rudy [Gobert] was guarding big time Russell Westbrook all game.  But like I said, this was a big and really important victory for us.”

This win should be good for team morale. Apart from improving their standings in their conference table it’s also strengthen their position with New Jersey’s sportsbooks. At +200 they’ve moved up   into ninth place behind front-runners LA Lakers (+275), Milwaukee Bucks (+300) and LA Clippers (+333).

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