Milwaukee surrendered a boatload of triples to the Utah Jazz in the first half, and even a 25-point performance through two quarters from Giannis still found the Bucks down 65-58 at half. Despite a valiant third quarter by Khris Middleton, the Jazz held serve and poured it on in the fourth with even more deep shots. Milwaukee scored just two points in the first six minutes of the final period and couldn’t weasel their way back in to make it close.
After getting fat off three straight wins against mediocre competition, the Bucks looked flat against a team that hadn’t found its stride yet this season. Growing pains are going to happen all year with this Bucks roster, but I’m sure Bud will want to see a more promising defensive performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
What’s the fouling equivalent of “shooters shoot” https://t.co/lie4wENNLY— Brew Hoop (@brewhoop) January 9, 2021
Ball slips out of Bobby Portis' hands on what would have been a wide-open dunk.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) January 9, 2021
Jazz take the ball the other way. Royce O'Neale 3.
Looks like a wrap. Jazz up, 119-102, with 3:53 left.
Stat That Stood Out
25 three-pointers for Utah. Yikes, not only did the Jazz set a new franchise record for triples, but they hit more than any Bucks opponent has during Bud’s entire regime. The previous high was 24 by Boston back in November 2018. Overall, they went 25-53 (47.2%)