NBA: Bogdanovic's buzzer-beater lifts Jazz over Bucks

Reuters

Posted at Nov 09 2019 02:16 PM

Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) shoots a 3-point shot over Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) at the buzzer to win the game 103-100 at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Rob Gray, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

Bojan Bogdanovic drained the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired Friday night to lift host Utah Jazz, who withstood a series of furious second-half comebacks by the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, to a 103-100 victory in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz have won two straight. The Bucks, who trailed by as many as 22 in the first half and entered the locker room down 20, had a 4-game winning streak snapped.

Bogdanovic's winner gave him a game-high 33 points and capped a wild final 90 seconds in which the Jazz squandered an 8-point lead, the bulk of which was blown as Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo sat on the bench after fouling out.

Eric Bledsoe scored the first 4 points of the run for the Bucks before Sterling Brown hit a driving layup to pull Milwaukee within 100-98. 

Bogdanovic missed a 3-pointer and Gobert was whistled for a foul on the rebound. Khris Middleton hit both free throws to tie the score at 100 with 8 seconds to play.

Bucks guard George Hill then stole the ball from Donovan Mitchell as the latter tried driving the lane. Hill called time out to set up a last play for the Bucks, but Middleton was whistled for traveling.

After a Jazz timeout, Joe Ingles dished the in-bounds pass to Bogdanovic, who broke free long enough to get an open look in the corner. His shot over the outstretched arms of Middleton hit nothing but net as time expired.

Mike Conley finished with 20 points for the Jazz while Royce O'Neale had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Mitchell scored 19 points and Gobert pulled down 17 rebounds.

Antetokounmpo scored 28 of his team-high 30 points after halftime for the Bucks. He added 13 rebounds. Middleton had 26 points and 11 rebounds while Bledsoe finished with 22 points.

The Jazz opened the game on a 7-0 run and expanded its lead to 22 points on Mitchell's 3-pointer with 31 seconds left in the first half. 

The Bucks opened the second half on a 21-5 run, a span in which Antetokounmpo scored 8 points and Bledsoe added 7 to pull within 60-56. 

Bogdanovic then scored all 11 of Utah's points in an 11-1 run that expanded the lead back to 14.

The Bucks opened the fourth quarter on a 15-7 run and took their only lead at 89-88 on Antetokounmpo's putback with 5:47 left.

The win was Utah's 18th straight at home over the Bucks, who haven't won a road game between the two teams since Oct. 30, 2001.

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