The Milwaukee Bucks came out victorious against the Utah Jazz on the second night of their back to back at home. The crowd was particularly loud and engaged tonight, which also happened to be Eric Bledsoe’s 28th birthday. The onslaught of offense was lead by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 37 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and a handful of highlight dunks.
The game started with a good first quarter for the Bucks, putting them up 29-19 after 12 minutes. Their 10 point upper hand continued into halftime, with the Bucks up 51-42 against the Jazz. In the first 24 minutes, the Bucks shot 51.2% from the field and only three team turnovers (versus the Jazz’s whopping 10 TOs).
The Bucks dominated the third quarter, going up by as many as 21 points. Tony Snell was out with left patella tendinitis, but the rest of the team stepped up in his absence. Once again, Malcolm Brogdon was big off the bench, finishing with 16 points.
The game was fairly smooth sailing and never felt too close. The Jazz are normally a productive team on the perimeter, but they only converted on 8-23 three point attempts. They were lead by Rudy Gobert and Alec Burks, both with 20 points.
Four of the Bucks finished in double figures tonight including Birthday boy Eric Bledsoe’s 20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals. Khris Middleton contributed 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The team finished with 53.2% shooting from the field.
The brotherhood of the traveling shooting sleeve continued tonight. After Middleton wore the sleeve for the Bucks vs Pistons game this past Wednesday, the sleeve has traveled to Thon. The Bucks have a three day break before facing the Pelicans next Wednesday in New Orleans. Who will the sleeve travel to next?