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    Jokic’s Serbia prevails over Antetokounmpo’s Greece

    BELGRADE, SERBIA (AP) – In the battle of two back-to-back NBA MVPs, it was Nikola Jokic who prevailed over Giannis Antetokounmpo.

    Jokic’s Serbia had to fight hard for a 100-94 overtime victory against Antetokounmpo’s Greece in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday night in front of a 20,000 home crowd.

    “Very hard and interesting game,” Jokic said afterward. “Thanks to our fans. They were our sixth player.”

    When Jokic last year refused to play for the Serbian national team he quickly turned from a national hero into a villain. The match on Thursday marked his return to popularity.

    The NBA superstars had a chat on court during the pre-game warmup with good-natured exchanges during the game.

    Jokic scored two consecutive baskets in overtime to give Serbia a six-point lead with 2:57 minutes left. Jokic also scored an impressive three-pointer over Antetokounmpo in the final minutes of regular time.

    Antetokounmpo had a career high for the Greek national team with 40 points. Jokic scored 29.

    Serbia faces Turkey and Greece takes on Belgium in their next World Cup qualifiers.

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