Bojan Bogdanovic sets new game-high for Nets in Brooklyn era

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Since relocating to Brooklyn in the summer of 2012, the most points scored by a Nets player in a game was 42 by three-time NBA All-Star Deron Williams.

That changed on Tuesday night, however, thanks to a career-high game from a rather more unlikely source as Bojan Bogdanovic exploded for 44 points against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Croatian's Brooklyn era record far exceeds his previous high in the NBA - 28 points against the Magic in April 2015 - and is something of an anomaly in a season that has seen him average 10.5 points per game so far.

The 44-point night was also a memorable one for Bogdanovic because it saw him tie fellow Croat star and former Net, Drazen Petrovic.


The shooting guard's most prolific game in a Nets jersey also ended on 44 points in January 1993, just five months before his death in a car crash aged just 28.

"I didn't honestly know that (Drazen) scored 44, so I was surprised; I thought that he scored even more," Bogdanovic explained after the game, via ESPN. "So I am really proud to tie his record."

Shooting 17-of-27 from the field, the 6ft 8 inch star finished the game with four three-pointers and added six baskets from the charity stripe.

Such was his impressive performance that he was within four points of his previous career high by halftime.

Nets head coach Terry Brown was full of praise for the 26-year-old in light of his little bit of Brooklyn history:

"Bogdanovic held us together," said Brown."He had a huge night. It was great to see him shoot the ball the way he did, and we kind of rode his back a little bit."

Scoring frenzy

It was a high-scoring night all-around for the Nets as they saw off a depleted 76ers roster to register their biggest points total of the season.

Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points, Brook Lopez added 18 and Thaddeus Young ended the game with 14. Lopez and Young also contributed 10 and 16 rebounds, respectively. 

Despite their big night, the Nets still didn't get close to their all-time franchise record for most points in a game by a single player.

While Bogdanovic may have taken away a little piece of Brooklyn history from Deron Williams, the now Mavericks star's 57 point night in a New Jersey Nets uniform in March 2012 will take some beating.

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