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.
Love the recognition by Jordan Clarkson. Giannis blitzes and Clarkson gets the ball to Kessler before the defense totally collapses— Jazz Lead (@JazzLead) January 9, 2024
Also, this is a better game than the National Championship... pic.twitter.com/TacCmYWudN
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.
Collin Sexton step through lay in pic.twitter.com/Lvv7fg7ZU8— Jazz Clips (@UtahJazzClips) January 9, 2024
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.
Bobby Portis vs Kelly Olynyk is a hilarious rivalry. I love the NBA— Calvin Chappell (@CHALVIN2018) January 9, 2024
Kriss Dunn alley oop pass to a John Collins dunk pic.twitter.com/9HN3HTX2Ng— Jazz Clips (@UtahJazzClips) January 9, 2024
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.