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Favors helps Jazz best Bucks
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) – Derrick Favors had 21 points and 11
rebounds as the Utah Jazz defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 96-87 on Thursday
Gordon Hayward added 22 points for Utah, which has won three of its last four
Larry Sanders tallied 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who have
dropped nine of their last 11 tilts.
The game was tied at 20-20 following a quarter of play, but the Jazz began to
seize control of the contest in the second.
After O.J. Mayo nailed a jumper to give Milwaukee a 26-24 edge, Utah countered
with 10 unanswered. Hayward had five points during the flurry, which was
capped on a Diante Garret jumper for a 34-26 advantage.
Utah led 51-42 at the break and its margin reached as high as 15 in the third
before settling for a 74-61 cushion heading into the final frame.
Sanders’ layup whittled the Milwaukee deficit to 83-80 with 3:41 left, but
Alec Burks drove in for a layup, Trey Burke hit a jumper and Favors’ slam on
three straight trips down the floor increased the advantage back to nine and
the Bucks never got within less than seven the rest of the way.
Burks had 13 points, while Burke finished with 11 points and four assists …
Utah made all 17 of its free throws … Milwaukee shot 18.2 percent (4-of-22)
from beyond the arc.