NBA • Utah "dominated us in the paint," Bucks coach says.
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Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan knew exactly where to look when seeking a reason for Utah's 100-86 victory over the Bucks on Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
"They just dominated us in the paint," Boylan said. "Our guys battled, but they are a physical team. That's their strength, and they took advantage of it."
The Jazz's four power players Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter combined for 66 points, 37 rebounds and 12 blocked shots.
"We are a thin team," Boylan said. "That's our makeup. We spread the floor and play that style of game. When we go against teams that have big, physical front lines, it's a problem for us."
Boylan continued: "... Sometimes it's the sheer size that's thrown against us. It wears you down a little bit, and that was evident tonight."
The Jazz outrebounded the Bucks, 50-37. Utah grabbed 17 offensive rebounds.
"They did a good job of eating glass," said Drew Gooden. "... I think that was the difference in the game."
Playing without injured starters Larry Sanders (back) and Luc Mbah a Moute (knee), the Bucks also struggled to score. They shot only 35.4 percent, including 6-for-19 from the 3-point line.
"... Even when we were able to start defending a little better," Boylan said, "we went down on the other end and were unable to convert a lot of pretty open shots."
Mike Dunleavy finished with 10 points, but he missed 10 of his 13 field-goal attempts.
"I couldn't put the ball in the basket," he said, " and they obviously hurt us inside with offensive rebounds and post-ups. It was just really a tough night."
Dunleavy declined to blame the Bucks' injury situation for the sub-par performance in Utah.
"The Jazz are playing without a few of their key guys, too," he said. "So you just have to deal with it during the course of a season. It's no excuse."