Croats in NBA: Bogdanović, Zubac, and Žižić Excellent for Teams

Daniela Rogulj

Bojan Bogdanović continued leading his Indiana Pacers with excellent form in the Eastern Conference before the playoffs.

Bojan Bogdanović was again the top scorer on Tuesday night in the win of his Indiana Pacers who defeated the New York Knights at home 103:98. Even though his LA Clippers lost, Ivica Zubac achieved a double-double on Tuesday, and Ante Žižić secured 12 points in the loss of his Cleveland Cavaliers, reports on March 13, 2019. 

In 36 minutes on the court, Bogdanović scored 24 points (shots in play 9/16, three-pointers 3/8) with four rebounds and two assists for the Indiana victory, which was the first after two defeats.

In the last five and a half minutes, the Pacers allowed the New York Knicks a series of 12:4 and missed the previous ten shots before Darren Collison scored 24 seconds before the end for the 101:95 lead.

Collison finished with 16 points and Myles Turner added 15 with nine rebounds. Emmanuel Mudiay led the Knicks with 21 points, while Mario Hezonja did not play for New York.

Ivica Zubac was excellent in his LA Clippers home defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers (125:104). The Croatian basketball player scored double-double with 10 points (shots in play 4/15) and 15 rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes on the court. 

The top scorer for Portland was CJ McCollum who scored 35 points, out of which 23 were scored in the last quarter. Damian Lillard added 20 points and 12 assists for the eighth victory of Portland in the previous 11 games. Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Even Ante Žižić recorded a solid performance in the away defeat of his Cleveland Cavaliers to the Philadelphia 76ers (106:99). Žižić played 34 minutes and scored 12 points (shots in play 6/12) with five rebounds and two assists.

Ben Simmons was the best for the winning team with 26 points, ten rebounds and eight assists, while Joel Embiid scored 17 points with 19 rebounds for his fiftieth double-double this season. The most effective for Cleveland was Collin Sexton with 26 points.

Dario Šarić’s Minnesota Timberwolves were also unlucky on Tuesday evening, losing to the Denver Nuggets away (133:107). The Croatian basketball player contributed nine points (shots in play 4/7, three-pointers 3/1) with four rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Jamal Murray was the best scorer for Denver with 30 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns, who returned to the court after a one-game break, led Minnesota with 34 points and ten rebounds.

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