With no Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, or Brook Lopez, the Bucks knew tonight would be a challenge. It ultimately would end up with them falling to the visiting Utah Jazz, 107-95.
The Jazz would ride a hot shooting percentage from deep in the first quarter, as they went 6-of-10 from the perimeter. Without the shooting of Khris Middleton and point presence of Holiday, it was hard for Milwaukee to counter that offensive firepower in the first. At the end of one, the Bucks would find themselves down by seven, 30-23.
Utah’s hot shooting would continue throughout the second, and provide them a double-digit advantage for much of the period. However, that’d dwindle to nine points, as the Jazz held a 57-48 lead at the intermission.
The Bucks would slice into Utah’s lead to start the second half, making things just single digits for a large chunk of the quarter. However, they couldn’t muster enough gas to snag a lead. Utah would end the quarter on a run of their own, cradling an 84-69 lead heading into the final quarter of regulation.
Milwaukee would get the Fiserv Forum crowd on its feet late in the fourth as they once again sliced things to single digits. However, yet again, it was an example of how the Bucks couldn’t muster enough energy to get over the hump, as the Jazz regained control and put the final touches on a 107-95 win.
Stat That Stood Out
With his 18 points tonight, Grayson Allen has now scored double digits in a career-high seven consecutive games. You knew he’d be able to bring a splash of scoring to the Bucks when the signing was made, and it’s starting to show in this recent stretch of games. Once the rest of the core is back on the floor for Milwaukee, those points that Allen scores could become even more momentous.