Nikola Jokic's 29-point double-double leads Serbia past Israel

2022-09-06 21:23

Nikola Jokic scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, and made 4 steals to finish the game with 46 PIR.

Credit: FIBA

Nikola Jokic completed the perfect first half with a dominant second to lead Serbia (4-0) past Israel (2-2) 89-78 (24-18, 26-20, 15-20, 24-20).

Nikola Jokic continued in the steps of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Joker finished the game with 29 points on near-perfect 11-for-13 shooting. He also grabbed 11 rebounds to record a double-double, while adding 5 assists and 4 steals at the same time.

Israel did not let the Serbians run away early. Although the favorites had a slight lead ever since the beginning of the match, the point difference between the teams was never too high to let the guard down.

Player of the Game
Nikola  Jokic
Nikola Jokic
Points 29
Accuracy 11-13
Rebounds 11
Assists 5

Deni Avdija hit a buzzer-beating triple to end the third quarter and cut the deficit to just seven (58-65). However, Nikola Jokic and the squad did not let the Israeli national team think about a win. After yet another Jokic layup, the teams were separated by 18 (83-65) with just under four minutes to go, and the rest of the game was a formality.

Besides Jokic, the reigning EuroLeague MVP Vasilije Micic was second on the scoring list for Serbia with 19 points on 5-for- 13 shooting. On the other side of the court, Yam Madar led Israel with 20 points on an efficient 8-for-11 shooting.

Even though Serbia is currently 4-0 in EuroBasket 2022, they haven't guaranteed themselves first place in Group D. A battle against a three-and-one Poland on Thursday will decide the winner of the group.

Israel: Yam Madar 20 (4/5 2PT, 4/6 3PT), Deni Avdija 14 (2/4 2PT, 3/8 3PT, 6 REB, 5 AST), Roman Sorkin 11 (4/8 2PT).

Serbia: Nikola Jokic 29 (10/12 2PT, 1/1 3PT, 6/6 FT, 11 REB, 5 AST, 4 STL), Vasilije Micic 19 (3/7 2PT, 2/6 3PT, 7/9 FT), Ognjen jaramaz (2/7 3PT), Nikola Kalinic 10 (3/4 3PT, 7 REB).

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