HOUSTON (AP) — Jazz coach Quin Snyder kept telling Bojan Bogdanovic to keep playing despite his shooting struggles last Sunday night.
Bogdanovic ended up hitting the biggest shot of the game.
Bogdanovic’s three-pointer as time expired gave Utah a 114-113 victory over the Houston Rockets.
“The play was designed for me to shoot a three,” Bogdanovic said. “It’s big-time from their part to have that trust and confidence in me to make that shot after the game that I had.” Bogdanovic finished with eight points on two-of-seven shooting.
“You just play him, let him play,” Snyder said. “He’s such a competitor, and I tell him to keep playing. If he needs to hear that, he knows how much I trust him.”
Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points and Donovan Mitchell finished with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Jazz, who won their second straight after a five-game losing streak.
“They made a heck of a shot,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We had two guys on him. I was afraid we were going to foul him (because) it was so close. Hats off to that shot.”
It came after PJ Tucker’s three-pointer from the corner gave Houston a two-point lead with 1.6 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Bogdanovic came off a screen and hit a contested 29-footer to give the Jazz the win.
“I had kind of two guys on me,” Bogdanovic said. “The first moment I thought they might block me or foul me on the shot. Then, as soon as I kind of released the ball from my hand, I saw it in there.”
Tucker knew immediately it was going in.
“I knew it was good as soon as he caught it,” Tucker said. “He got a good lift on it. I could tell as soon as he shot it.”