SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Bojan Bogdanovic received a warm reception, then went out and helped beat his former team.
Bogdanovic, who played three seasons for the Jazz from 2019-2022, scored 23 points and Kevin Knox II had a season-high 21 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, to boost the Detroit Pistons to their second straight road win, 125-116 over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Marvin Bagley III scored a season-high 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting and Alec Burks added 18 points for the Pistons, who were missing Cade Cunningham (shin), Saddiq Bey (ankle) and Isaiah Stewart (toe).
“It was big time,” Bogdanovic said. “I spent a great three years here and had great runs to the playoffs so it was extra special to play in front of these great fans and get a win like that.”
The Pistons had lost seven in a row overall and 10 straight on the road before beating Denver on Tuesday, their first away victory this season. Despite playing back-to-back, the Pistons were quicker to the loose balls and seemed to grab all the 50-50 rebounds.
“Our togetherness brought us extra energy. That was a huge win last night and gave us big confidence and once again we played a great game,” Bogdanovic said.
Malik Beasley led Utah with 29 points and a season-high eight 3’s while Jordan Clarkson had 24 points and Collin Sexton, starting for the injured Mike Conley (knee), set a career high with 12 assists.
Bogdanovic spent three years with the Jazz before he was traded in the deal