Utah Jazz: Bucks give Jazz a painful smackdown in overtime
The 6-foot-10 Favors started at center alongside Millsap and scored 14 of Utah's first 18 points and had 17 points and 14 rebounds by halftime.
"I was just being aggressive," Favors said, "playing my game, getting rebounds."
Despite his big effort, however, the Jazz found themselves trailing by as many as 13 points in the third quarter.
One big factor in that was a rough night — to say the least — by three-fifths of the Jazz's first five. Point guard Earl Watson, shooting guard Randy Foye and small forward Marvin Williams combined to score zero points on 0-of-15 shooting.
That, by the way, is the second time those three starting positions have gone scoreless in the past five games, although Jamaal Tinsley was the starting playmaker when that last happened against the Clippers 10 days ago.
Milwaukee especially took advantage of that starting group in the third quarter — Utah's nemesis of late — by outscoring the Jazz 30-17 to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Corbin said he would consider making changes to the starting lineup.
"We've got to evaluate it and see. I'm concerned with our energy," Corbin said. "I'm concerned with the energy to begin the ballgame, and not be able to get ourselves going before. Nobody's making shots there, so we've got to be able to get something going earlier in ballgames, especially with Al being out."
While those three players struggled, the crew Corbin put in at the beginning of the fourth quarter nearly got this four-game road trip off to a great start.
With Alec Burks (19 points), Hayward (13 points, seven boards, five assists), DeMarre Carroll (13 points), Millsap and Kanter (18 points, 10 rebounds), the Jazz rallied out of the double-digit deficit to briefly take the lead down the stretch.
In the end, the Jazz's 21 turnovers, a missed Millsap free throw with 14.9 seconds remaining in regulation that could've sealed the deal, and the Bucks' sensational guard line proved too costly.
Corbin noted some defensive mistakes that allowed Redick to get open on his 3-pointers, but was proud of the group that sparked the rally.
"We've got to learn from it. The young group, you can't be upset at their effort," he said. "I thought they played extremely hard to give ourselves a chance to get back into the ballgame and then to have a chance to win it."
They played so well, in fact, Corbin opted to keep the guy having the night of his NBA life on the bench. The Jazz's coach said it was "not hard at all" to make the decision to keep Favors on the bench in favor of Kanter or Millsap.
"They were playing well. This is the NBA. You want to finish games. You get a feel for where you are this time of year," Corbin said. "They were going good and the matchups were good. Their body language looked like they were ready to go, so you ride it out."
And add one more tough element to a tough night.
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