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Utah Jazz Keep Throttle Down Against Bucks, Race Out To Big Lead

Jan 8, 2024, 7:08 PM

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Keyonte George #3 of the Utah Jazz (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin –Β The Utah Jazz are shooting lights out against the Milwaukee Bucks as they try and finish a difficult road trip with wins against two of the NBA’s best teams.

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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Utah seemingly couldn’t miss in the first quarter, tying a franchise record for threes in a quarter with 11. Collin Sexton set the tone for the perimeter attack, hitting three straight from deep to give his team an early 12-point lead.

John Collins joined in on the fun, hitting two shots from deep in the first half.

The good times continued in the second quarter with Keyonte George and Lauri Markkanen stepping up.

The rookie out of Baylor hit 3-of-5 from deep, finishing with nine points, four rebounds, and three assists in the half.

Markkanen, Utah’s lone all-star, had 11 points and hit three threes in the opening half.

Utah made 16-of-30 shots from beyond the arc in the opening half to build a 77-46 lead at the break.

Seven different Jazz players hit threes in the half.

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).

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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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