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Bogdanovic waxes hot as Jazz outclass Nuggets

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 7: Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Utah Jazz shoots the ball during the game against the Denver Nuggets on May 7, 2021 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak / NBAE / Getty Images / Getty Images via AFP)
Bojan Bogdanovic of the Utah Jazz shoots the ball during the game against the Denver Nuggets on May 7, 2021 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (AFP)

Philadelphia 109, New Orleans 107

Chicago 121, Boston 99

Miami 121, Minnesota 112

Charlotte 122, Orlando 112

Milwaukee 141, Houston 133

Dallas 110, Cleveland 90

Utah 127, Denver 120

Portland 106, LA Lakers 101

Phoenix 128, New York 105

San Antonio 113, Sacramento 104

LOS ANGELES (AFP) ‒ Bojan Bogdanovic torched Denver for a career-high 48 points as the Utah Jazz remained in the fight for top spot in the Western Conference with a 127-120 victory over the Nuggets on Friday night.

The under-manned Jazz were without their dynamic guard duo of Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, but throughout their injury absences other Utah players have been stepping up and Friday it was Bogdanovic’s turn.

Mitchell has missed the last 11 games with a right ankle sprain and Conley has missed six straight games with a hamstring injury.

Jordan Clarkson had 21 points and eight assists for the Jazz, who improved to 48-18 and are one game ahead of Phoenix for the top seed in the Western Conference. Clarkson was coming off a 30-point game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Luka Doncic scored 24 points and surpassed the 5,000 career point mark as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-90.

Doncic became just the fourth youngest NBA player (22 years, 67 days) to reach 5,000 points when he scored his seventh point of Friday’s game. Only Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kevin Durant did it at a younger age. Doncic played just 23 minutes and also had eight rebounds.

With the win, the Mavericks clinched the Southwest Division title, giving them the fifth seed if there is a three-way tie with the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland.

“I think it’s something that’s always worthwhile,” said coach Rick Carlisle. “It shows that you’re one of the better teams. It’s big and we’ll take it. It’s important to get this win, try to get through this game unscathed and get ready for Sunday.”

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Written by Tempo Desk

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