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Antetokounmpo scores 37 points, Bucks beat Jazz 117-100

MILWAUKEE (AP) The game was already well in hand for the Milwaukee Bucks, but a thunderous dunk by Giannis Antetokounmpo in the final minute provided an exclamation point on a successful stretch of three home games in four days.

Antetokounmpo finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and the Bucks beat the Utah Jazz 117-100 on Saturday night for their third consecutive victory.

Milwaukee is five games over .500 for the first time since Feb. 28, 2015, and is off to its best start through 25 games since also starting 15-10 in the 2005-06 season.

''As a team, we're growing up and understanding what it takes to win in this league,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''It's not easy. The week didn't start off well for us (with a loss to Boston) but we ended it on a positive note. Now we turn the page to another week with another three in four.''

The Bucks built a 22-point lead early in the fourth and held on after the Jazz pulled within single digits.

Antetokounmpo scored 24 points in the second half, drawing chants of ''MVP! MVP!'' from the home crowd on multiple occasions. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe each added 20 points.

''Coming out of the half, we talked here in the meeting, we said we got to finish this game and not give them chances,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''So that was what I was trying to do, and that is why I came out playing hard.''

Milwaukee led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter before Utah went on a 19-5 run to pull to 44-42 on a pair of free throws by Ricky Rubio with 1:50 until halftime.

The Bucks scored the final seven points of the quarter to take a 51-42 advantage into the break.

''They had their way with us early,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''If we start games like that, it is very difficult to come back on the road against a good team.''

Milwaukee opened the second half on a 10-3 run and took a 61-45 lead on Antetokounmpo's basket.

The Bucks built a 22-point fourth-quarter advantage, but Utah pulled to 95-86 on a 3-pointer by Donovan Mitchell with 4:05 to play. Bledsoe answered with a triple on the other end, and the Bucks closed out the game on a 22-14 run.

Rudy Gobert led the Jazz with 20 points and nine rebounds. Alec Burks added 20 points.

''The way we started the game was terrible,'' Mitchell said. ''We came out flat, gave up transition points that we never give up. We just didn't look like us.''

TIP-INS

Jazz: Guard Rodney Hood missed his seventh straight game with left ankle soreness. ... Guard Raul Neto left the game in the first quarter with concussion-like symptoms and did not return.

Bucks: Guard Tony Snell sat out for the second consecutive night with left patella tendinitis. ... Listed as questionable prior to the game, guard Matthew Dellavedova remained out with left knee tendinitis. ... Guard Gary Payton II made his second straight start in place of Snell and played a season-high 23 minutes.

BIG THREE

The trio of Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Bledsoe combined to score 227 points during Milwaukee's three-game winning streak. The Bucks are 11-4 since acquiring Bledsoe from Phoenix on Nov. 7.

NOT THE SAME

After hitting a franchise-record 18 shots from beyond the arc in a 121-108 win over the Bucks on Nov. 26, the Jazz were 8 of 23 on 3-pointers Saturday.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Utah continues its six-game trip at Chicago on Wednesday night.

Bucks: At New Orleans on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
R. Gobert
27 C
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
37.4 Min. Per Game 37.4
29.5 Pts. Per Game 29.5
4.4 Ast. Per Game 4.4
10.3 Reb. Per Game 10.3
61.3 Field Goal % 54.6
60.4 Three Point % 54.2
68.3 Free Throw % 77.4
+ 2 Thabo Sefolosha made layup, assist by Joe Ingles 0:05
+ 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made driving dunk 0:17
  Defensive rebound by John Henson 0:35
  Rudy Gobert missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:38
  Rudy Gobert missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:38
  Team rebound 0:38
  Shooting foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:38
+ 2 Malcolm Brogdon made driving layup 0:46
+ 2 Alec Burks made dunk 1:01
  Offensive rebound by Alec Burks 1:05
  Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:05
Team Stats
Points 100 117
Field Goals 33-76 (43.4%) 44-81 (54.3%)
3-Pointers 8-23 (34.8%) 7-17 (41.2%)
Free Throws 26-37 (70.3%) 22-26 (84.6%)
Total Rebounds 49 46
Offensive 9 8
Defensive 26 33
Team 14 5
Assists 20 22
Steals 7 8
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 16 11
Fouls 23 29
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
37 PTS, 13 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Jazz 13-14 19232434100
home team logo Bucks 15-10 29223234117
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 13-14 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
home team logo Bucks 15-10 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
A. Burks SG 7.7 PPG 3.0 RPG 1.0 APG 41.1 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo PF 26.9 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.8 APG 52.9 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Burks SG 20 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
G. Antetokounmpo PF 37 PTS 13 REB 7 AST
43.4 FG% 54.3
34.8 3PT FG% 41.2
70.3 FT% 84.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gobert 28 20 9 1 0 1 2 1 6/8 0/0 8/14 3 6 30 -16
D. Favors 26 14 3 0 0 1 2 4 5/11 1/3 3/3 2 1 16 -13
J. Ingles 31 12 4 4 1 0 2 2 4/9 3/6 1/2 0 4 23 -21
D. Mitchell 36 12 1 2 3 1 4 3 4/17 2/6 2/2 0 1 17 -17
R. Rubio 31 10 2 7 1 0 3 3 2/7 0/2 6/6 0 2 24 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gobert 28 20 9 1 0 1 2 1 6/8 0/0 8/14 3 6 30 -16
D. Favors 26 14 3 0 0 1 2 4 5/11 1/3 3/3 2 1 16 -13
J. Ingles 31 12 4 4 1 0 2 2 4/9 3/6 1/2 0 4 23 -21
D. Mitchell 36 12 1 2 3 1 4 3 4/17 2/6 2/2 0 1 17 -17
R. Rubio 31 10 2 7 1 0 3 3 2/7 0/2 6/6 0 2 24 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Burks 27 20 6 3 0 0 1 2 8/13 2/4 2/4 2 4 31 +1
J. Jerebko 15 6 5 1 0 0 0 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 1 4 13 +7
T. Sefolosha 24 3 2 1 2 0 1 3 1/2 0/1 1/2 0 2 8 -12
R. O'Neale 14 3 3 1 0 0 1 3 0/2 0/1 3/4 1 2 7 +2
R. Neto 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
E. Udoh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 100 35 20 7 3 16 23 33/76 8/23 26/37 9 26 169 -85
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 37 13 7 2 0 2 4 14/22 1/1 8/9 3 10 64 +17
E. Bledsoe 35 20 4 1 3 0 3 2 7/14 3/6 3/4 0 4 26 +14
K. Middleton 37 20 5 5 0 0 1 5 8/13 2/3 2/2 0 5 34 +23
J. Henson 26 11 7 1 1 4 2 5 4/7 0/0 3/4 2 5 23 +10
G. Payton II 23 4 3 2 0 0 1 1 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 10 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 37 13 7 2 0 2 4 14/22 1/1 8/9 3 10 64 +17
E. Bledsoe 35 20 4 1 3 0 3 2 7/14 3/6 3/4 0 4 26 +14
K. Middleton 37 20 5 5 0 0 1 5 8/13 2/3 2/2 0 5 34 +23
J. Henson 26 11 7 1 1 4 2 5 4/7 0/0 3/4 2 5 23 +10
G. Payton II 23 4 3 2 0 0 1 1 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 10 +20
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Brogdon 26 16 2 2 2 0 1 2 6/13 0/3 4/5 0 2 23 0
T. Maker 21 6 4 2 0 2 1 5 2/5 0/2 2/2 2 2 15 +7
R. Vaughn 15 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 9 +2
D. Liggins 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 -8
D. Wilson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Snell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 117 41 22 8 6 11 29 44/81 7/17 22/26 8 33 205 +85