Jazz's Bojan Bogdanovic on game-winner: Coaches trusted me despite my bad night

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Bojan Bogdanovic said he should not have even been on the court to produce his game-winner for the Jazz against the Rockets on Sunday.

Bogdanovic had struggled for much of the contest, but he hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the Jazz to a 114-113 victory.

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The forward finished with eight points in 32 minutes on 2-of-7 shooting as Utah improved to 34-18.

Bogdanovic praised Utah's coaching staff for giving him the chance despite his below-par performance.

"First of all, I wasn't supposed to be on the court on the last play the way I played the whole game," he told AT&T SportsNet. "But that's the coaching staff, they believe in me, they gave me the opportunity to shoot the game-winning shot.

"I stayed confident, I know that I'm able to hit all shots and at the end of the game, it's a very important W for us."

James Harden finished with a triple-double of 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets, while Russell Westbrook had 39 points.

"That was our game plan, to take the ball out of James' hands. We did a great job the whole game," Bogdanovic said. "Rudy [Gobert] was guarding, big time, Russell Westbrook all game."

Bogdanovic also talked up the importance of the win for Utah (34-18), which now leads Houston (33-20) by 1 1/2 games for fourth place in the Western Conference.

"Like I said, big and really important victory for us," he said.

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