Dragan Bender breaks out with double-double

2019-01-21T07:47:37+00:00 2019-01-21T07:47:37+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

21/Jan/19 07:47

Eurohoops.net

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Derrick Rose hit the buzzer-beating game-winner for the Minnesota Timberwolves in their 116-114 home win over the Phoenix Suns. Dario Saric helped out with nine points. Luol Deng also played but failed to score. After playing a grand total of 108 minutes since the beginning of the NBA 2018-19 Regular Season, Dragan Bender started and posted a 12-point-10-rebound double-double in 29 minutes for the Suns, while Elie Okobo had four points in six minutes.

Danilo Gallinari (back) was out, Serbs Boban Marjanovic and Milos Teodosic didn’t play with the latter remaining inactive, and Marcin Gortat (3pts, 2reb) was reduced to a bench role. However, the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a five-game losing streak grabbing a 103-95 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the A&T Center. Marco Belinelli scored 12 points for the losing side, Davis Bertans had six and Jakob Poeltl posted two and Pau Gasol only had one board.

In the other Sunday game, the Indiana Pacers overpowered the Charlotte Hornets, 120-95, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Europeans Domantas Sabonis and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 points apiece for the hosts. Nicolas Batum and Willy Hernangomez notched six each for the losing side, and Tony Parker added five of his own.

Results and European action:

Indiana Pacers Charlotte Hornets 120-95 Domantas Sabonis 16pts, 8reb, 3ast, 1stl, Bojan Bogdanovic 16pts, 7rep, 2ast, 1stl – Nicolas Batum 6pts, 7reb, 2ast, 1stl, 1blk, Willy Hernangomez 6pts, 3reb, Tony Parker 5pts, 1reb, 4ast
Minnesota Timberwolves Phoenix Suns 116-114 Dario Saric 9pts, 5reb, 2ast, 1stl, Luol Deng 1ast, 1stl, 1blk – Dragan Bender 12pts, 10reb, 2ast, 1blk, Elie Okobo 4pts, 1ast
San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Clippers 95-103 Marco Belinelli 12pts, 3reb, 3ast, Davis Bertans 6pts, 4reb, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk, Jakob Poeltl 2pts, 4reb, 2ast, Pau Gasol 1reb – Marcin Gortat 3pts, 2reb, 1ast

Standings:

Eastern Conference
1. Milwaukee Bucks 33-12
2. Toronto Raptors 35-13
3. Indiana Pacers 31-15
4. Philadelphia 76ers 30-17
5. Boston Celtics 28-18
6. Brooklyn Nets 24-23
7. Miami Heat 22-22
8. Charlotte Hornets 22-24
9. Detroit Pistons 20-25
10. Washington Wizards 19-26
11. Orlando Magic 19-27
12. Atlanta Hawks 14-31
13. New York Knicks 10-34
14. Chicago Bulls 10-36
15. Cleveland Cavaliers 9-38

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors 32-14
2. Denver Nuggets 31-14
3. Oklahoma City Thunder 27-18
4. Portland Trail Blazers 28-19
5. Houston Rockets 26-19
6. San Antonio Spurs 27-21
7. Utah Jazz 26-21
8. Los Angeles Clippers 25-21
9. Los Angeles Lakers 25-22
10. Sacramento Kings 24-22
11. Minnesota Timberwolves 22-24
12. New Orleans Pelicans 21-25
13. Dallas Mavericks 20-25
14. Memphis Grizzlies 19-27
15. Phoenix Suns 11-37

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