Jokic returned but Bogdanovic and the Pistons prevailed

By Eurohoops team/ [email protected]

Croatian sharp-shooter Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and the Detroit Pistons snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 110-108 win over the Denver Nuggets.

The victory was the Pistons’ first on the road this season, as they had lost their previous ten games. Detroit entered the night with a league-worst record of 3-15.

After missing the past three games while in the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, Serb star Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds, putting him just shy of his fourth triple-double of the season, but he couldn’t save the day.

Tobias Harris scored 24 points and a spirited Philadelphia 76ers team playing without Joel Embiid and James Harden spoiled Simmons’ homecoming with a 115-106 win over Brooklyn.

Ben Simmons in his return to Philadelphia with the Nets had 11 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds to the tune of steady boos. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and Kevin Durant had 20 for the Nets. Turkish forward Furkan Korkmaz added nine points for the winners.

De’Aaron Fox had 32 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 26 points and the Sacramento Kings won their seventh straight, 113-109 over the Memphis Grizzlies. Lithuanian star Domantas Sabonis had nine points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists, while Spaniard Santi Aldama scored seven points for Memphis.

In the last game of the night, German guard Dennis Schroder couldn’t score in 20 minutes on the court as Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker each scored 25 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 115-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers who played without LeBron James for the fifth straight game.

STANDINGS

EAST

TEAM W L LAST 10
BOSTON CELTICS 13 4
9-1
2 MILWAUKEE BUCKS 12 4
6-4
3 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 11 6
5-5
4 INDIANA PACERS 10 6
8-2
5 WASHINGTON WIZARDS 10 7
7-3
6 ATLANTA HAWKS 10 7
6-4
7 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 9 8
6-4
8 TORONTO RAPTORS 9 8
5-5
9 NEW YORK KNICKS 9 9
5-5
10 BROOKLYN NETS 8 10
6-4
11 CHICAGO BULLS 7 10
4-6
12 MIAMI HEAT 7 11
4-6
13 ORLANDO MAGIC 5 13
4-6
14 CHARLOTTE HORNETS 4 14
1-9
15 DETROIT PISTONS 4 15
2-8

 
WEST

TEAM W L LAST 10
1 PHOENIX SUNS 11 6
5-5
2 UTAH JAZZ 12 7
6-4
3 SACRAMENTO KINGS 10 6
8-2
4 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 11 7
7-3
5 NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 10 7
6-4
6 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 10 7
5-5
7 DENVER NUGGETS 10 7
6-4
8 DALLAS MAVERICKS 9 7
6-4
9 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 10 8
5-5
10 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 9 8
5-5
11 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 8 10
5-5
12 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 7 10
3-7
13 SAN ANTONIO SPURS 6 12
1-9
14 LOS ANGELES LAKERS 5 11
4-6
15 HOUSTON ROCKETS 3 14
2-8

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