It was a jumbo lineup night for the Milwaukee Bucks as Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon sat the game out, but they weren’t able to secure a win as the Utah Jazz took them down on the road. The Bucks may have been without their backcourt, but they were ready to take the lead in the first with a 26-23 advantage. Utah got the best of Milwaukee in the second, entering halftime up 53-46. The Bucks had steady second half quarters, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Jazz on their home court, as they prevailed 115-111.
Giannis Antetokounmpo got his time to shine in just 31 minutes tonight and Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon out for the evening. He put forth 43 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists in a measly 31 minutes. An impressive feat by the Greek Freak.
For his partners, Khris Middleton had 29 points, nine boards and six assists. Brook Lopez also had 16 points on an efficient 6/8 from the field to go along with seven blocks on the defensive end. Unfortunately, beyond that, there wasn’t much help from the Bucks squad, as everyone else was in single digits scoring and the bench managed just 15 points total for the evening.
On the Utah front, Donovan Mitchell hit his career high, notching 46 points to help propel the Jazz to victory. His 15/32 night from the field was impressive volume, but going 5/10 from deep helped him hit decent efficiency. Beyond him, Derrick Favors also had 23 points for the Jazz to muster a loss for the Bucks.
Stat that Stood Out
Milwaukee often dominates in the paint if they can’t do it from outside, but tonight, the Jazz were able to snuff out the Bucks inside looks by holding them to just 42 points within the paint while scoring 50 of their own. The Bucks being without two of their best paint finishers in Bledsoe and Brogdon certainly hurt them tonight in that regard.