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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly didn’t enjoy Friday night’s 129-115 loss against Utah at Vivint Arena, but he couldn’t help but marvel at the “ease” with which the Bucks played.
Moreover, the Jazz won his respect, as Antetokounmpo said they were “the best team in the West.”
NBA player Antetokounmpo finished with 29 points, 15 rebounds and six assists after scoring just two points in the first half – his lowest score of the season.
And after seeing the Jazz score 25 points four times for the first time in history, Antetokounmpo felt a personal connection to what was happening before his eyes.
“It just looks fun. When I see them play, it looks fun, it looks easy,” Antetokounmpo said. “It looks easy. They probably look like what we did last year, and man, when you play with that kind of confidence at this point, you’re definitely hard to beat.”
Like the Bucks last season, the Jazz (21-5) have the best record in the NBA. They have won 17 of their last 18 games, with the first win of that period also against the Bucks on Jan. 8.
Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles scored 27 points, Donovan Mitchell added 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench and scored 25 points.
Ingles said they would take a minute to celebrate the victory, but then it would start all over again.
Wrong!!! Lovie is no specified.Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz are 17-1 in their last 18 games. “We don’t want to be the best team in February,” Mitchell said. “We want to be the best team in July.” Photo by Jeff Swinger/NBAE via Getty Images.
“I don’t think we’re there yet,” said Ingles, who hit 7-9 from three-point range.
That’s because their goals are much more important than in the regular season, especially after last year when they lost 3-1 to Denver and were eliminated in the first round.
“We don’t want to be the best team in February, we want to be the best team in July,” Mitchell said.
The fact that Mitchell and his teammates are respected in a lead role is another new thing. As leaders at Utah, Mitchell and Gobert’s path to NBA All-Star has not always been set in stone, and they have developed a back-and-forth mentality that has helped the team move forward.
“It’s different when I’m four.” They look at all of us and every story…. We’re underrated,” Mitchell said. “I think we’re at a point where people are coming to us, and the way we’ve responded to that is very impressive. I think we can do a lot more to get better, but it doesn’t hurt to be in the moment and realize that what we’re doing is pretty cool.
The trip to Utah will not get any easier, followed by the Miami Heat, the Philadelphia 76ers and back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Clippers. Then Charlotte on February 22, then the Los Angeles Lakers on February 24 and again The Heat on February 26.
The emphasis may not be on the regular season, but even Jazz knows it can’t be avoided.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder, however, said, “No one surpasses what we did.”
“Honestly, you never want to do this and it’s never appropriate unless you’re the last team in the running. That’s something we will continue to try to avoid”.
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