Days after suffering their worst loss of the season in Memphis and missing two of their top three players in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, the Milwaukee Bucks took care of the visiting Utah Jazz, turning this one into a bit of a laugher in the fourth. prevailing 123-97. Bobby Portis led Milwaukee with 22 points, while Malik Beasley and Lauri Markkanen led Utah with 18 points each.
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Thanks to Portis’ big first quarter, the Bucks managed to stay in front of the hot-shooting Jazz, who hit six of their first ten three-point attempts. After taking a 27-22 lead after one, Milwaukee jumped up by a dozen before Utah tied it on a couple more 3-pointers. That’s when Jrue Holiday scored ten straight points to put the Bucks back in front, where they would stay at halftime with a 56-47 lead.
As hard as the Bucks tried, they couldn’t pull away from the pesky Jazz going into the third when their lead didn’t exceed 14. Milwaukee finally wore down their opponent in the fourth game, outscoring them by a huge 31-14 margin en route to a 123-97 victory.
A stat that stood out
From the jump, Milwaukee made hay on the glass, especially when it came to cleaning up their own mistakes. They grabbed nine offensive rebounds in the first half, resulting in 11 second-chance points. It ended with a 15-7 Bucks advantage on the offensive boards and a staggering 54-29 overall advantage in their favor. Second-chance points put Milwaukee up 21-14.
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