Gobert seals win for Jazz over Nuggets, Jokic

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Giannis Askounis

18/Jan/21 07:25


Nikola Jokic neared yet another triple-double but the Denver Nuggets fell short against the Utah Jazz

By Johnny Askounis/ info@eurohoops.net

The Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets, 109-105, on the road Sunday. French big Rudy Gobert scored 15 points including a key bucket in crunch time, grabbed 13 rebounds, and rejected a couple of shots. Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic’s contribution amounted to 17 points almost completely powered by his five threes. On the other end, Serbian superstar Nikola Jokic recorded a game-high 35 points to go along with 14 rebounds, and nine assists. German teammate Isaiah Hartenstein managed to post two rebounds.

With Serge Ibaka sidelined, the Los Angeles Clippers blew out the Indiana Pacers, 129-96. French Nicolas Batum registered ten points and five rebounds. Croatian Ivica Zubac moved to the starting lineup got six points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block. For the losing side, Lithuanian Domantas Sabonis finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and two steals, while Georgian Goga Bitadze got five points.

De’Aaron Fox poured 43 points but the Sacramento Kings were defeated, 128-123, by the New Orleans Pelicans. No European action at the Golden 1 Center as Nemanja Bjelica, Nicolo Melli, and Willy Hernangomez stayed on their respective benches.

Early games featured the New York Knicks routing the Boston Celtics, 105-75, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a triple-double by Luka Doncic for the win, 117-101, versus the Dallas Mavericks.

Sunday results:
Boston CelticsNew York Knicks 75-105
Dallas MavericksChicago Bulls 101-117
Denver NuggetsUtah Jazz 105-109
Sacramento KingsNew Orleans Pelicans 123-128
Los Angeles ClippersIndiana Pacers 129-96

Eastern Conference
1. Milwaukee Bucks 9-4
2. Boston Celtics 8-4
3. Philadelphia 76ers 9-5
4. Indiana Pacers 8-5
5. Brooklyn Nets 8-6
6. Cleveland Cavaliers 6-7
7. Orlando Magic 6-7
8. Charlotte Hornets 6-8
9. New York Knicks 6-8
10. Atlanta Hawks 5-7
11. Chicago Bulls 5-8
12. Miami Heat 4-7
13. Toronto Raptors 4-8
14. Washington Wizards 3-8
15. Detroit Pistons 3-9

Western Conference
1. Los Angeles Lakers 11-3
2. Los Angeles Clippers 10-4
3. Utah Jazz 9-4
4. Phoenix Suns 7-4
5. Portland Trail Blazers 8-5
6. San Antonio Spurs 7-6
7. Dallas Mavericks 6-6
8. Memphis Grizzlies 6-6
9. Golden State Warriors 6-6
10. Oklahoma City Thunder 6-6
11. Denver Nuggets 6-7
12. New Orleans Pelicans 5-7
13. Houston Rockets 4-7
14. Sacramento Kings 5-9
15. Minnesota Timberwolves 3-8

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