Jazz make 18 3-pointers, beat Bucks 120-106
SALT LAKE CITY — Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and the Utah Jazz made a season-high 18 3-pointers in a 120-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Mitchell had 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Jazz broke open the game open and finished with a season-best 56.8 percent shooting from the field.
The 3s were falling so easily for the Jazz that even Mitchell’s desperation 28-foot jumper to beat the shot clock connected and kept Utah ahead by double digits midway through the final period.
Rodney Hood scored 21 and Derrick Favors added 16 for the Jazz, who have defeated the Bucks seven times in a row.
Giannis Antetokoumnpo had 27 points and 13 rebounds after missing the last game with a sore knee, but showed frustration several times during the contest as the Bucks played from behind most of the game.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points, while Eric Bledsoe and Tony Snell each contributed 18 for the Bucks, who shot 53 percent but couldn’t keep up with the quick Jazz passing on the perimeter.
The Jazz closed the third quarter with eight straight points, including 3s by Thabo Sefolosha and Hood, to lead 95-85.
The Jazz reserves, who had 53 points, have posted more than 50 points in three of their last four games.
With Utah playing without Rudy Gobert, who missed his eighth with a bruised knee, the Bucks found little resistance on many drives to the basket. But they couldn’t keep pace with Mitchell’s six 3s and Joe Ingles’ five makes from beyond the arc.
The Jazz have won 16 consecutive games at home over the Bucks.
Bucks: The Bucks shot 10 free throws before the Jazz took their first. … Brogdon made 5 of 6 from 3-point range. … After connecting on 13 of their first 14 free throws, the Bucks twice missed both free throws on trips in the fourth quarter.
Jazz: For the first time, the Jazz wore bright gold uniforms with blue and green numbers and trim. … Raul Neto got a technical with 8:30 left in the game. … The Jazz are now 4-4 with Gobert out of the lineup.
Bucks: Visit Sacramento on Tuesday.
Jazz: Host the Nuggets on Tuesday night.