Derrick Favors continues to show improvement. On Thursday, Favors scored 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had four steals, leading the Utah Jazz to a 96-87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
“Early in the season I was trying to do too much and going too fast,” Favors told the Associated Press after the game. “The coaches and other players have told me to slow down and when I’m open shoot it. And when I can create something, do it.”
Gordon Hayward added 22 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two assists while Alec Burks scored 13 points ad rookie Trey Burke added 11.
The Bucks had at least one positive in this game – Larry Sanders. Sanders, who has fought through trouble with the law and injuries since being rewarded with a contract extension in the offseason, scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds, blocked two shots, dished out two assists and had two steals.
Veteran Luke Ridnour added 12 points, eight assists and three rebounds.
The Jazz looked poised to run away with the game in the fourth quarter, but the Bucks cut the lead to three on a Sanders’ layup with 3:41 to play. The Jazz, however, answered with six straight points to put the game away.
The Jazz are now 11-24 while the Bucks are 7-25.