Ilyasova scores 31, Bucks beat Jazz 114-88 - NBC Sports

Ilyasova scores 31, Bucks beat Jazz 114-88
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MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 3: Ersan Ilyasova #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots against the Utah Jazz on March 3, 2014 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
March 3, 2014, 10:38 pm

MILWAUKEE (AP) Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 31 points on 13-of-14 shooting, and the Milwaukee Bucks hit a blistering 57 percent from the field to beat the Utah Jazz 114-88 on Monday night.

Zaza Pachulia added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, and five Bucks scored in double digits. The NBA's worst team improved to 12-47 and enjoyed a rare breather at home.

Enes Kanter had 27 points to lead Utah, mired by a mistake-prone third quarter in which the Bucks regularly led by at least 20.

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took in some of the action. Drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucks in 1969, Abdul-Jabbar was in town to promote a tourism ad for the state of Wisconsin that played off his acting role in the movie "Airplane."

This game turned into a laugher in the second half, when everything seemed to be working for the Bucks.

Pachulia hit a layup in transition for an 11-point lead before guard Nate Wolters got the break going again after a Utah miss. He rushed the ball into the lane to draw defenders before pitching back to Pachulia for an open 15-footer.

Later, Ilyasova found himself open from 22 feet for another jumper and an 85-60 lead with 3:08 left in the third quarter. There have been nights this season when the Bucks have struggled to get to 85 for a game.

But on Monday, coach Larry Drew's club pulled away after allowing an early 12-point lead to get erased in the second quarter.

Ilyasova had 15 points in the third quarter. In the fourth, precocious rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo entertained the crowd by converting a touch pass from O.J. Mayo into a dunk and a three-point play for a 108-79 lead with 6:07 left.

It was a deflating outing for the Jazz a night after losing to the NBA-leading Pacers 94-91 in Indiana. They're 0-3 on the first three stops of their six-game road trip.

Gordon Hayward provided some of Utah's limited highlights, finishing with 20 points. Kanter came off the bench to shoot 8 of 16 and 11 of 12 from the foul line, with 14 rebounds.

Otherwise, the Jazz were overrun in Milwaukee.

The Bucks got off to strong starts at the beginning of each half, with guards Wolters and Brandon Knight on the attack, and Pachulia and Ilyasova sharing the ball in the lane.

But sixth-year pro Ilyasova was at his best shooting the ball. Whether hitting wide-open shots from the perimeter or getting off-balance putbacks, Ilyasova could rarely be stopped.

Milwaukee has won two of its last four, with both wins coming by at least 20 points.

NOTES: Count Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin as captain of the campaign to get point guard Trey Burke in the conversation for the Rookie of the Year award. "Oh absolutely, absolutely. You look at his growth all year. ... You look at how this team has grown because of his play, should be factored in also," Corbin said. Burke is averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 assists. He finished with seven points and five assists in 30 minutes Monday. ... Bucks F Jeff Adrien, acquired at the trade deadline from Charlotte, has at least 10 rebounds in four of five games with his new team.

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