Bucks fall against Jazz
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and the Utah Jazz made a franchise-record 25 3-pointers to win 131-118 at Milwaukee on Friday night and hand the Bucks their first home loss.
Utah (5-4) shot 25 of 53 from 3-point range to snap a two-game skid after double-digit losses at Brooklyn and New York.
Jordan Clarkson had 23 of his 26 points off the bench in the first half. Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O’Neal each scored 18, with O’Neale going 6 of 8 on 3-point attempts. Mike Conley had 17 points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, while Khris Middleton had 31 points and 10 rebounds. Jrue Holiday scored 17 points, Brook Lopez had 12 and Donte DiVincenzo added 11.
Utah broke open a close game by scoring the first 12 points of the fourth quarter to grab a 116-96 edge. The Bucks didn’t score their first points of the final period until Antetokounmpo dunked with 6:47 left.
The Bucks (5-4) had won their first four home games by an average of 23.5 points but trailed most of the way this time.
After Milwaukee scored the first five points of the game, Utah took control by scoring 11 straight points. Although the Bucks tied the score on multiple occasions, they never regained the lead.
Jazz: Clarkson’s big night continued his productive season off the bench. He has 49 points in last 3 games. Heading into Friday’s action, Orlando’s Terrence Ross was the only NBA reserve with a higher scoring average.
Bucks: Milwaukee didn’t get nearly enough from its bench. All five of the Bucks’ starters had at least 11 points, but Utah had a 35-12 edge in bench scoring. Milwaukee’s reserves shot a combined 4 of 18 overall and 0 of 8 from beyond the arc. … Reserve guard Pat Connaughton (groin) missed a third straight game and reserve forward Torrey Craig (nasal fracture) sat out a fifth straight game.
Antetokounmpo took a bad fall with 9:30 left in the third quarter, as he leaped in front of the basket to defend Utah’s Rudy Gobert and landed hard on his front side.
The two-time reigning MVP rolled around and grabbed his left side. He went into the tunnel but immediately returned to the floor. After the ensuing timeout, Antetokounmpo re-entered the game once Gobert attempted his first of two free throws.
INGLES’ STREAK SNAPPED
Utah’s Joe Ingles didn’t play Friday due to a sore right Achilles tendon, snapping what had been the NBA’s longest active streak of consecutive games played. Ingles had appeared in 384 straight games.
This marked the first game Ingles has missed since Dec. 16, 2015.
“It makes you pause for a second and you reflect on what a streak of consecutive games like that means and what it says about Joe — his toughness, his commitment, the type of teammate he is,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said before the game. “You pause and reflect for a second and you understand why you respect him like you do.”
Utah’s seven-game road swing continues Sunday at Detroit. The Jazz swept their two regular-season meetings with the Pistons last year.
Milwaukee caps its five-game home stretch by hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.