The Milwaukee Bucks' struggles at home continue.
Jason Kidd's troops dropped their second consecutive game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, their sixth loss in their last seven games in front of the home crowd, blowing an 11-point third quarter lead to fall 101-99 to Gordon Hayward and the young Utah Jazz.
After battling back from a double-digit second quarter deficit, the Bucks were able to pull within six at the half thanks in large part to their bench. And considering that the Jazz hit nine threes in the first half -- four by Dante Exum -- the Bucks were probably lucky to have the game still be that close.
The Bucks started more brightly in the third, ripping off a 16-4 run to start the half and leading by as many as 75-64 late in the period. Milwaukee doubled up the Jazz 28-14 in the third quarter behind Brandon Knight (16p/5a), Giannis Antetokounmpo (13p/6r/3a/5s), and Jared Dudley (16p/4r), taking advantage of Utah repeatedly in transition.
However, Utah was able to storm back out in front against the Bucks reserves, largely behind giant performances from Gordon Hayward (24p/6r/6a/2s), Enes Kanter (23p/16r), and Rudy Gobert (14p/10r). Dante Exum also added 15p/5a on 5/9 shooting from three, though most of that damage was done in the first.
Utah stretched their fourth quarter lead to 101-92 with 2:35 before the Bucks came roaring back with seven points in just over a minute to bring the deficit back down to two. After the Jazz called a timeout, the Bucks were able to limit Utah to just two difficult three point attempts. Unfortunately, the Bucks came up empty on all five of their (good) shot attempts in that remaining minute and change, resulting in a loss that brings the Bucks record back down to .500 overall and 9-10 at home.