Giannis and the Bucks' "Big 3" led Milwaukee to its first win in Utah since 2001
The trio that carried the Milwaukee Bucks to the last NBA championship returned to shine Monday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City to lead the visitors to a tight 117-111 win over the Utah Jazz.
Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead the defending champions, who were also led by Jrue Holiday‘s 29 points and seven assists and Khris Middleton‘s 23 points.
Milwaukee’s first win in Utah since 2001
The victory for Milwaukee was doubly sweet, as it was the first in Utah since 21 years ago, they had not won in Mormon territory since 2001, and they also saw the return to their lineup of two important players, Brook Lopez and George Hill.
Lopez had missed the last 67 games, he was not in the court since he injured his lower back in the first game of the team’s campaign, while Hill had missed the last 16 games after a sore neck.
Mitchell and Conley, the Jazz’s two leading scorers
For the losing Jazz, there were two players who commanded the offense of the home team on Monday night, the first of them was the face of the franchise, Donovan Mitchell who scored 29 points, the same number as Mike Conley.
Other two outstanding players for this team were the French Rudy Gobert, who added a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds, as well as Royce O’Neale with 12 points and seven boards.
With this result, Milwaukee moved into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference with a 43-26 record, while Utah was overtaken by the Dallas Mavericks in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 42-26 record.
What’s next for Milwaukee and Utah?
The next game for the Bucks will be the following Wednesday when they visit the Sacramento Kings.
Meanwhile, the Jazz will return to the court that same day to host the Chicago Bulls.
Source: Culled From Marca.