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Croatia’s Bojan Bogdanović creates NBA history 

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Bogdanović in red and white during his spell with the Wizards (Photo credit: Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA/CC BY-SA 2.0)

It has been a phenomenal night for Croatian basketball star Bojan Bogdanović on Sunday as he created NBA history.  

Bogdanović led the Utah Jazz to a 116-103 victory over Oklahoma Thunder with 35 points – 11 of which were 3-pointers. 

The 32-year-old Croatian is the first player in NBA history to make 11 shots in a game, all of which are 3-pointers, with no two-pointers. His other two points came from the free-throw line.

When he passed nine 3-pointers on the night he set a new record for the Utah Jazz. He also set this season’s record for most 3-pointers in a match in the entire league.

Furthermore, he now also holds the record for the most 3-pointers ever in a match by a European player.

In November, Bogdanović passed 8,000 points in the NBA overnight, becoming only the second Croatian to achieve that feat. Former Chicago Bulls star Toni Kukoč is the only Croatian to have scored more points in the NBA now than Bogdanovć. Kukoč ended his career with 9,810 points. 

If he continues playing like he is then it is only a matter of time before Bogdanovć becomes the highest Croatian scorer ever in the NBA. 

Back in May 2021, Bogdanovic broke Dražen Petrović’s Croatian NBA record of the most points in a game. Bogdanovic  scored 48 points as his Utah Jazz defeated the Denver Nuggets 127-120, passing Petrović who scored the previous high, 44 points against Houston on January 24, 1993.

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