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Utah Jazz vs Milwaukee Bucks Recap. Lauri Markkanen and the Jazz hit all the right notes in an emotional win.

Lauri Markkanen and the Utah Jazz end their road trip on a high note vs former MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks

Utah Jazz v Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Utah Jazz won a thriller vs the Milwaukee Bucks. The Jazz’s offense was firing from all cylinders because of their constant ball movement, attacking the Bucks weaker defenders in isolation, and ability to find the open man. The Jazz had 5 players scored 19 or more points tonight (Markkanen, Clarkson, Sexton, Collins, George). Markkanen also had 14 rebounds and Dunn had 13 assists with great defense. Giannis had a 25-point triple double, Middleton had 23 points, and former Jazzman Beasley had 17 points.

The Jazz had the best first half of their entire season as they were up 77 to 46 against the 2020-2021 NBA champions. Shooting 16 of 30 from 3 and having 5 players score double digits (nearly 6, Keyonte George scored 9 points) was the result of the Jazz executing Hardy’s game plan of exploiting the Buck’s defensive deficiencies. The Jazz showed they were not intimidated against a team that has multiple former all-stars and a 2-time MVP in his prime.

The 3rd quarter was when the Bucks made a run, cutting the lead down to 8 points and scoring 44 points. The Bucks prevented the Jazz from getting open 3’s by stifling the Jazz guards drive and kick options. Bobby Portis and Kelly Olynyk got into a minor altercation that led to an entertaining couple minute sequence of fouls, stare downs, hard defense, and both players scoring.

The Jazz found rhythm again to start the 4th. Keyonte George scored 6 points in the first 56 seconds of the quarter. Giannis sparked the Bucks second resurgence with paint points and great passes. The Jazz maintained their composure by exploiting the Bucks weak perimeter defense.

The Jazz go 2 and 1 on their road trip against the East’s best teams. The Jazz can’t catch break though and play the Denver Nuggets in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.