Short-handed Bucks fall in Utah

The Milwaukee Bucks put forth a great effort in Utah but fell just short. The Jazz escaped with a four-point victory, 115-111.

Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon each sat out in what was the second of a back-to-back. Giannis Antetokounmpo gave a heroic effort with 43 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

The Bucks led by as many as 17 with under 10 minutes remaining but couldn’t hold on. Second-year Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell dropped 19 of his 46 points in the final quarter.

The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for Milwaukee and ended a run of 10 straight road victories.

Next up, the Bucks will travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns on Monday.

Bucks fall to Jazz 121-108

SALT LAKE CITY — The Milwaukee Bucks dropped the second game of their four game west coast swing to the Utah Jazz 121-108 on Saturday night. Milwaukee falls to 9-9 on the season with the loss.

The Bucks got another strong offensive night out of forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as he finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Eric Bledsoe added in 18 points and a team-high seven assists. Off the bench, guards Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell each had efficient nights, scoring 19 and 18 points, respectively.

Defensively, however, the team struggled throughout the night. Utah knocked down 18 three-pointers, including three players hitting three or more shots from deep. Rookie Donovan Mitchell led the way for Utah. He had 24 points, thanks in part to hitting six three-pointers on the evening. Forward Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, with all five of his baskets coming from long-distance. Utah also got 21 points out of Rodney Hood off the bench. It total, Milwaukee allowed the Jazz to shoot 56.8% from the floor on the night.

The Bucks return to action on Tuesday night in Sacramento against the Kings for their third game of this four game west coast trip.