Antetokounmpo and Bucks rally Jazz for 117-111 win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and 14 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally, then fend off the Utah Jazz in the dying seconds for a 117-111 win Monday night.

Jrue Holiday had 29 points and seven assists, and Khris Middleton had 23 for Milwaukee, which saw Brook Lopez and George Hill both return to the lineup. Lopez had been sidelined with a back injury since the season opener and had missed 67 games. Hill has missed 16 games with neck pain.

Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 29 points and eight assists, while Mike Conley added 29 points and seven assists and Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Jazz cut a seven-point deficit to two on Gobert’s layup that made it 113-111 with 22 seconds left. But the Bucks’ Jevon Carter made a pair of free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining to seal it.

Utah made 10 3-pointers in the first quarter to offset 60% of Milwaukee’s shots, including four 3s in a row — three from Mitchell — to take a 34-27 lead late in the quarter.

The Bucks led the entire second quarter after Middleton opened with a 3-pointer midway through a 22-6 run that put Milwaukee up 51-43. Holiday sparked the push late in the first quarter with back-to-back field goals.

Utah fell behind after not scoring for five minutes, and Milwaukee led up to 12 points before halftime, going up 65-53 after Holiday made a 3-pointer and assisted another to complete a 14-5 run.

The Jazz responded with a pair of big runs to come back strong in the third quarter, including 3s Mitchell and Conley to cap a 16-3 run. The Jazz used a 14-1 run, punctuated by a Jordan Clarkson floater, to extend their lead to 91-80.

Milwaukee rallied and surged 107-100 midway through the fourth quarter after back-to-back baskets from Antetokounmpo.


Bucks: Milwaukee snapped a 19-game losing streak against Utah in Salt Lake City since the 2002-03 season. … Holiday ended with a season-high five interceptions.

Jazz: Bojan Bogdanovic (left calf injury), Trent Forrest (sprained right wrist) and Udoka Azubuike (sprained right ankle) were inactive for Utah … Danuel House Jr. came out with a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return. House finished with three points and a rebound in seven minutes.


Bucks: At Sacramento on Wednesday.

Jazz: Chicago host Wednesday.


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