The Milwaukee Bucks (16-10) lost for the 19th consecutive time in Salt Lake City tonight against the Utah Jazz (21-5), this time by a final of 129-115.
The Utah Jazz showed why they’re currently the best team in the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks showed that they still have more work to do.
The last time the Milwaukee Bucks won in Utah? A 119-112 overtime win on October 30, 2001 which was the season opener of that 2001-02 season.
Utah jumped out to a 69-52 halftime lead and were never really threatened in the second half by the Bucks.
The Jazz shot 43-of-82 (52.4%) from the field and hit 14-of-38 (36.8%) of their 3-pointers.
The Bucks were 42-of-92 (45.7%) from the field, 12-of-33 (36.4%) from 3-point range and 19-of-27 (70.4%) at the foul line.
Good news is Bucks only committed 10 turnovers and forced 17 Jazz turnovers. Bad news, Jazz won the rebounding battle 59-43 and assist battle 22-19.
Utah did a good job of shutting down Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first half, allowing him to only get three shots off. But the Greek Freak still finished with 29 points on 12-of-20 from the field and had 15 rebounds and six assists but did have three turnovers.
Brook Lopez finished with 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting.
The Jazz, however, had four players score 25 or more points. Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert each scored 27 points respectively, Donovan Mitchell had 26 and Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points.
The Bucks will play in Oklahoma City against the Thunder (10-15) on Sunday, February 14. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM (Central Time).