Croatian international Bojan Bogdanović has played the best game of his NBA career on Friday night, setting a new Croatian record.
Bogdanović scored 48 points as his Utah Jazz defeated the Denver Nuggets 127-120. He nailed 16-of-23 shooting from the field and 8-of-11 three-pointers. He also added 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
He was not only a new record for him but also a new Croatian record in the NBA. Bogdanović has now passed the late Dražen Petrović who scored the previous high, 44 points against Houston on January 24, 1993.
How does Bogdanović’s 48 points compare to other former Croatian NBA stars. Dino Rađa managed 36 points for the Boston Celtics against Philadelphia and the Lakers in 1994, Toni Kukoč scored 34 points for Miami in 1996, while Gordan Giriček scored 34 points for Phoenix in 2004.
Along with the excellent Bogdanović on Friday, Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points and centre Rudy Gobert with 14 points and 9 rebounds helped Utah to the win. Utah are still playing without injured stars Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell.