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The Roundup—Bogdanović's buzzer-beater breaks Bucks' hearts
Just ... wow.
After the Jazz squandered leads of 20 (at halftime) and six (with less than a minute left), sharp-shooting forward Bojan Bogdanović took an inbounds pass with only 1.3 seconds left, stepped back to the corner and hit nothing but net on a three as time ran out to give the Jazz a dramatic 103-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night in Salt Lake City.
Bogdanović finished with a game-high 33 points for the Jazz.
"They talked about this crowd when I signed with the Jazz, but I never expected it would be this loud every single game, especially in the regular season," Bogdanović said on the court after the game. "On that last play we ran a curl for Donovan, but it was covered and I had a wide-open shot over in the corner."
Mike Conley added 20 points, while Donovan Mitchell finished with 19 points, five rebounds and six assists in the win for the Jazz.
Royce O'Neale (11 points, 11 rebounds) logged his first double-double of the year, and Rudy Gobert chipped in eight points, 17 rebounds and a block.
Combined with their win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, the Jazz (6-3) have now beaten two of the Eastern Conference's top teams in a span three days.
Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 of his team-high 30 points in the second half before fouling out with just under a minute left. Antetokounmpo added 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes. Khris Middleton (26 points, 11 rebounds, 5-for-8 from three) and Eric Bledsoe (22 points, eight rebounds, five assists) were the only other players to score in double figures for the Bucks (6-3).
Friday's Best: Bojan Bogdanović
Conley was on fire early on, but Bogdanović saved his best for when it mattered the most, scoring 23 of his season-high 33 points in the second half to kick-start Utah's fading offense. Bogdanović shot 9-for-19 from the field (including 5-for-10 from three) and 10-for-10 from the free throw line in 38 minutes. It was his third game this season with at least 26 points.
The Jazz owned the first half, starting the game with a 7-0 run and eventually pushing their lead to 22 late in the second quarter. Conley shot 7-for-8, including 5-for-6 from three, for 19 first-half points. At the same time, the Jazz held Antetokounmpo to only two points on 0-for-7 shooting in the first 24 minutes.
Mike with 14 pointspic.twitter.com/llrXAEWu8g— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 9, 2019
The Bucks rallied to cut Utah's lead from 20 down to four within the first six minutes of the second half, but Bogdanović took over with a driving dunk right over Milwaukee center Brook Lopez. He followed that up with a driving layup and back-to-back 3-pointers—including a four-point play—to push Utah's lead back to 14.
bojan getting bucketspic.twitter.com/h3AwvOYfm6— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 9, 2019
Milwaukee took its first lead of the game midway through the fourth quarter, but Mitchell responded with a three-point play to put Utah back on top. A huge sequence for the Jazz—a corner three by O'Neale, a diving rebound by Bogdanović and an off-balance jumper by Mitchell—gave Utah a six-point lead with just over a minute left. A bad pass, two missed free throws and some unsteady ball handling by the Jazz, though, allowed Milwaukee to tie the game with less than 10 seconds left. After a turnover by Middleton, Bogdanović hit the game-winner.
Ice in his veeeeinspic.twitter.com/eZDf9uosqv— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 9, 2019
Rebounding was a problem once again for the Jazz, especially on the defensive glass. The Bucks grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, which led to 18 second-chance points. 12 of those offensive boards and 15 of those points came in the second half.
The Bucks shot just 10-for-46 (21.7 percent) in the first half as the Jazz built a 22-point lead.
Utah was hot from outside, shooting 15-for-36 (41.7 percent) as a team. Conley (5-for-9), Bogdanović (5-for-10), O'Neale (3-for-4) and Mitchell (2-for-4) each made multiple threes.
The Jazz have now won 18 straight home games against the Bucks. ... Danté Exum (knee rehab), Emmanuel Mudiay (hamstring) and Ed Davis (leg) did not play for the Jazz. ... Utah currently sits in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. ... The Bucks outscored the Jazz 46-32 in the paint. ... The teams combined for 53 fouls. ... Tony Bradley finished with seven points, eight rebounds and one steal in 11 minutes off the bench for the Jazz. ... Former Jazz players Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews and George Hill each took the court for the Bucks.
The Jazz will head to San Francisco to face the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Tipoff is set for 8:30pm MT. Utah's next home game is on Tuesday night at 7:00pm MT against the Brooklyn Nets.