Rodney Hood scores 29 as Jazz trounce Bucks

Published 07/15 2014 01:15AM

Updated 07/15 2014 01:29AM

LAS VEGAS (ABC 4 Sports) - In a game that featured the second and fifth overall picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, it was Rodney Hood, the 23rd selection out of Duke, that stole the show with 29 points in Utah's (1-1) 87-71 win over Milwaukee (0-3) Monday night at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. Hood erupted for 20 points alone in the second half behind a 6-for-8 display from behind the 3-point arc after scoring nine in the opening 20 minutes.

After falling behind 2-0 off a layup by the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Jazz responded with an 11-0 run over a span of 4:11 in the first quarter to push out to an 11-2 advantage. Milwaukee slowly answered back and eventually swapped the lead on four occasions with Utah midway through the second stanza.

A jumper by Dante Exum -- the fifth pick -- put the Jazz ahead for good with 5:28 remaining on the clock before halftime. The one-point edge blossomed to nine at the intermission and ballooned to double digits three minutes into the third.

Hood then got the hot-hand and drilled four of his 3-pointers in the third before connecting on two more early in the final frame.
The lead grew to as much as 24 points and settled at 16 at the final buzzer.

Besides Hood, the Jazz got a near double-double from Ruby Gobert with 13 points and nine rebounds and a 16-point showing from Brock Motum.
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 15 points with Jabari Parker -- the second pick -- chipped in 14.

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