Game Recap: Bucks 88 – Jazz 109

Game Details

9:00 PM ET, November 29, 2010
Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 Final
MIL 26 26 21 15 88
UTA 30 30 20 29 109

Top Performers
Milwaukee: B. Jennings 27 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl
Utah: A. Jefferson 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Blk
ESPN.com Box Score

Recap

Two very interesting trends are starting to emerge as the Jazz continue to improve as a squad. The first is a particularly good looking second unit – something that has been a frequent topic on this blog – and the other has been how the Jazz have been finishing games. For the purposes of this post, take away all the comebacks from earlier in the year, and just focus on the last six games. The Jazz outscored their opponent in 5 of those 6 (with a late streak from the Kings vs. the Jazz second unit being the only exception), and in most cases, the Jazz were basically able to knock their opponents out of their offense.

Such was the case last night against the Bucks. The Jazz held Jennings and company to 15 points in the 4th, while Jefferson had a solid night on the inside. He finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kirilenko had 4 blocks of his own, along with an effective 13 points and 8 rebounds. It was a good night for the bigger Jazz, though the Bucks clearly showed their perimeter shooting skills, shooting 10-23 from the three point line.

Utah out-rebounded Milwaukee to the tune of 48-26. The Jazz played so well inside, in fact, that I had to remind myself that they’re still waiting for Okur to return to help out with interior play.

I think I mentioned this before, but Charles Barkley recently said that when Okur returns, the Jazz may well be a ‘clear and present danger’ to the Lakers this year.

One can only hope.

The Jazz will get a new interior test against Roy Hibbert and the surprisingly talented Pacers on Wednesday, followed by Dirk and the Mavs on Friday.

P.S. Oh yeah, and by the way…

Game Quotes

Al Jefferson

“When we want to, we can play defense, we’ve just got to continue to do that every night, no matter who we are playing.

“They were short tonight, but that’s a great team. When they’re healthy, they’ll be really good. That coach [Scott Skiles] makes every team he ever coached play hard and they played hard tonight. We just knew we had to pound the ball inside and hopefully they’d run out of energy.”

Deron Williams

“We definitely had a big discrepancy inside and we tried to exploit it, we ran a lot of plays with Al down low to get him some easy looks.”

On Jefferson’s Shot Blocking Night:

“He’s giving us a diferent look with blocked shots. Boozer didn’t block many shots. He got a lot of steals, but he wasn’t a shot-blocker.”

Quotes from ESPN.com

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~ by djepperson on November 30, 2010.

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