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Utah hangs up late to beat Milwaukee


Great players make great plays when their team needs them most.

After Utah squandered a 15-point advantage in the fourth quarter, Donovan Mitchell returned to the game with the Jazz clinging to a four-point lead in the middle of a 15-4 run in Milwaukee.

Immediately Mitchell made the difference, launching into a personal 5-0 run as Utah hung on late to defeat an exhausted Milwaukee Bucks 107-95 team on Sunday night.

“It was a crux in the game, it’s really my job to go out there and have that imprint there,” Mitchell said. “For us, I hit a few punches and we had a few saves. Being able to push my head and get on the gas a little bit more, I did that, we all did it as a group.”

It was a big win for the Jazz as they wrapped up their first road trip of the season 2-1, parting ways back-to-back games in Chicago and Milwaukee.

Mitchell scored 11 points in the game’s 5:35 final, finishing with a high of 28.

“I thought Donovan was great attacking the rim,” Utah head coach Quin Snyder said after the game. “He’s had a few situations where he’s been able to fend for himself and hit the rim.… We want him to be opportunistic.”

After struggling from the ground in last night’s game against the Bulls, Mitchell was much more effective against the Bucks. He shot 10 of 18 from the floor, 4 of 9 from beyond the arc and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. He also added four rebounds, two assists and two steals while finishing +11 off the ground.

“I think the most important thing, not just for me, but we really performed when we needed to,” Mitchell said. “There were times when Chicago turned up the pressure, and we weren’t ready for it, but tonight we were ready for it. Most importantly, we competed on both ends of the court, did a lot of things that weren’t our plans but made the commotion play out. “

Mitchell’s backcourt mate Mike Conley also made his presence felt after stepping out of last night’s game against the Bulls. He finished with a season-high 20 points (4v7 in depth) while adding three rebounds and two assists.

The Jazz struggled to shoot as a team last night, so it’s no surprise that the law of averages has turned in their favor tonight.

Utah started 5 of 5 from beyond the arc, with Conley and Mitchell each knocking down two threes, leading to a 30-23 advantage after one.

The Jazz continued to play strong in the second quarter as Conley finished with eight points, helping to extend the lead to 57-48 at the break.

In the second half, Milwaukee came out strong, reducing Utah’s lead to five points in the bottom of the third.

But as a veteran team, the Jazz didn’t panic despite the increasingly boisterous Milwaukee crowd. Mitchell scored eight straight points as the team went on a 12-2 streak to take the lead early in the final 12 minutes.

“We just want to keep improving,” Rudy Gobert said after the game. “Take advantage of the season, enjoy the journey.… Just improve yourself every night.”

Jordan Clarkson finished with 15 points off the bench, but his streak of 99 straight three ended when he finished 0 of 7 from beyond the arc. Although he failed to connect at depth, Clarkson continued to attack the rim and shot 6 for 10 into the three-point line.

“No, no, it’s over,” Clarkson said with a laugh and a shrug after being asked about the end of the streak. “Start another one, that’s all. “

Although he failed to reach 100, Clarkson was instrumental in the fourth quarter as his defense proved crucial.

“I feel like I’ve been saying this for a long time about his heal factor and his willpower,” Snyder said of Clarkson. “He’s got a lot of pride. He can really score, but he wants to win more than he can score.… Those were big games (at the end).”

Gobert’s double-double streak ended at five as he finished with nine points and 13 rebounds, although he added four blocks, a season-high. Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 points.

Although he played in very few players with regular starters Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

“Positionally, we executed some of the things we wanted to do.… We kept them off the foul line. I thought that was a great thing,” Snyder said.

Utah comes home tied with Golden State for the West’s best record at 5-1. The Jazz will host Sacramento on Tuesday at 7 p.m. MST before embarking on another three-game road trip, with this team heading southeast.