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Dunn Finds Fontecchio As Utah Jazz Hunt Bucks In Cream City

Jan 8, 2024, 6:20 PM

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Simone Fontecchio #16 of the Utah Jazz dunks the ball during the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Center on December 11, 2023 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Joshua Gateley/Getty Images)

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MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Kris Dunn and Simone Fontecchio put an early muzzle on the home crowd when the pair combined for an alley-oop dunk.

The Milwaukee Bucks (25-11, 2nd in East) are hosting the Jazz (17-20, 12th in West) at Fiserv Forum on Monday, January 8.

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Trailing by a point less than two minutes into the game, Dunn tossed a lob pass to the rim, finding the second-year forward Fontecchio at the hoop for a throwdown.

Fontecchio has two points while Dunn has three points, three assists, and two rebounds.

The Jazz have started hot in Milwaukee, taking a 12-7 lead with 9:16 left in the opening period. Utah has made 5-of-7 shots while the Bucks are two for five from the field.

Bucks Shorthanded To Open Homestand

Milwaukee has had an up-and-down season with more down than up in recent games. The Bucks entered tonight’s game 1-3 in their past four games and 3-4 in its last seven. Cleveland is the only team with a .500 or better record to lose to Milwaukee since Christmas Day.

Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have the third-highest offensive rating (121.1) and 19th-ranked defensive rating (116.5).

RELATED: Jazz Face Bucks Without Damian Lillard

Antetokounmpo is third in the league, averaging a career-high 31.6 points per game while grabbing 11.5 rebounds, and dishing out 5.7 assists. The ‘Greek Freak’ adds 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks as the straw that stirs Milwaukee’s drink.

The Bucks will be without former Weber State Wildcat Damian Lillard. Lillard is missing the game due to personal reasons. Milwaukee is 0-2 this season in games he has missed.

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