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Utah Jazz start slow, drop third straight in Milwaukee

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First stop on Jazz road trip derailed by Bucks.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Favors hit a corner three to put the Jazz up 3-0, and that ended up being the only lead they would have Saturday night in Milwaukee.

The Jazz lost their initial lead and got down big early in the first quarter, after some poor shooting and a handful of turnovers. The Bucks took advantage of the slow start, and built a large lead that they wouldn’t ever lose.

Lead Tracker: Utah at Milwaukee
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The game was dominated by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 37 points and put a very impolite exclamation point on the blowout with a huge dunk on Rudy Gobert’s head in the final minute. The Greek Freak added 13 rebounds and 7 assists, and completely handled the Jazz in every manner Saturday night.

Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton both had good games, pitching in with 20 points each. The Jazz had no answer for Middleton’s mid-range game, and Bledsoe hit some big threes that seemed to always stop potential Jazz runs.

Alec Burks did his best to keep the Jazz in the game, scoring 18 off the bench. Rudy Gobert put in one of his better games as of late, finishing with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell started out 0-6 from the field, but played through his rough shooting night scoring 12 points.

The Jazz could not find any offensive rhythm, and had no answer for Antetokounmpo, which led to their ultimate destruction.

The Jazz drop their third straight after snapping their six-game winning streak, and are back to not looking like a playoff-caliber team. Rodney Hood’s return continues to be a much-needed item, and it’s ever-visible on nights like tonight. The Jazz will head to Chicago Wednesday night to take on the Bulls in hopes of snapping the losing streak and returning to their winning ways.