MILWAUKEE – Forward Ersan Ilyasova shot 13-of-14 from the field, knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 31 points as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 114-88 victory over the Utah Jazz Monday night at the Bradley Center.
Ilyasova got off to a good start, making all seven of his shots and scoring 18 points in the first half as Milwaukee (12-47) shot 52 percent in the first half and made 6-of-9 from distance to take a 55-48 lead at intermission.
The Bucks stayed red-hot in the third quarter, hitting 13-of-16 with two offensive rebounds and outscoring Utah 40-19 in the quarter to take a 28-point lead into the fourth.
Milwaukee was 8-of-13 on 3-pointers.
Center Zaza Pachulia went 8-for-8 from the free throw line and finished with 14, as did guard Ramon Sessions. Point guard Brandon Knight scored 11 and point guard Nate Wolters added 10 in Milwaukee’s largest margin of victory since beating Charlotte 131-102 on April 1 of last season.
Center Enes Kanter had 27 points and 14 rebounds off the bench to lead Utah (21-39), which was coming off a close loss at Indiana Sunday night.
Utah guard Gordon Hayward had 13 points in the first half and finished with 20 and guard Alex Burks added 12. But the Jazz shot 39.2 percent from the field and allowed 19 points off 14 turnovers while losing for the third straight game.
NOTES: Utah G Diante Garrett played at the Bradley Center for the first time in his career. The Milwaukee native played at Vincent High School before attending Iowa State. He returned to Milwaukee last season while with the Phoenix Suns but did not play. Garrett’s grandfather, Dick, spent five seasons in the NBA, including part of the 1974 campaign with Milwaukee, and is currently an usher at the Bradley Center. … Milwaukee is expected to sign F Tony Mitchell to a 10-day contract Tuesday. Mitchell averaged 19.4 points and 5.4 rebounds for Fort Wayne of the D-League. … The Bucks honored Hall of Fame C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during the game. Abdul-Jabbar was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft and led Milwaukee, in just its third season as an NBA frnchise, to an NBA championship in 1971 and to the NBA Finals in 1974.
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