Oklahoma City (USA), May 14 (EFE) .- Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and the Utah Jazz easily beat the Oklahoma City Thunder away 93-109.
In eight games played this month, Bogdanovic is averaging 26.5 points on 54% from the field and 46% from 3-pointers. His season averages are 17 points per game with 44% shooting from the field and 39% from outside the perimeter.
Jazz has the best record in the league and a game and a half lead over the Phoenix Suns – they rested – in the race for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Utah can claim the top spot and the best record in the league if on Sunday they beat the Sacramento Kings or the Suns suffer a loss against the Spurs in the two consecutive games that they will play Saturday and Sunday.
Point guard Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and French center Rudy Gobert was once again the best in the inside game with 16 points and 18 rebounds that helped the Jazz break a two-game losing streak.
Veteran point guard Mike Conley returned after missing nine games with a right hamstring injury and scored 10 points in 16 minutes of action.
Conley had a minute restriction and did not play in the second half.
Ukrainian guard-forward Svi Mykhailiuk scored 19 points, while rookies French guard Theo Maledon and Argentine forward Gabriel Deck added 18 each as second-best scorers for the Thunder, who lost their ninth consecutive game.
Becker, meanwhile, played 26 minutes in which he was brilliant, scoring 6 of 9 shots from the field, including a triple, as well as finishing perfect (5-5) from the personnel line.
The former Real Madrid player also captured six rebounds, gave an assist and lost two balls.
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