BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Nikola Jokic defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo in a back-to-back NBA MVP battle.
Jokic’s Serbia will have to battle hard to win 100-94 extra time against Antetokounmpo’s Greece in World Cup qualifiers in front of a home crowd of 20,000 on Thursday night. did.
“It was a very difficult and interesting match,” Jokic said after the match. “Thank you to our fans. They were our sixth player.”
When Jokic refused to play for the Serbian national team last year, he quickly turned from national hero to villain.
The two NBA superstars had a lengthy chat on the court during pregame warmups and a friendly exchange during the game.
Tennis great Novak Djokovic was also in the crowd. Jokic and Antetokounmpo spoke briefly with Djokovic, who announced on Thursday that he would not play at the US Open because he has not been vaccinated for COVID-19 and is not allowed to travel to the United States.
Jokic won two consecutive baskets in extra time to give Serbia a six-point lead (95-89) with 2:57 remaining. Jokic also scored an impressive 3-pointer against Antetokounmpo in the final minutes of regular time.
Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 40 goals for the Greek national team. Jokic scored 29 points.
Serbia will face Turkey and Greece will face Belgium in their next World Cup qualifier.
Jokic’s Serbia beat Antetokounmpo’s Greece
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