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Hayward, Favors lead Jazz over Bucks 96-87

  • Associated Press
  • January 2, 2014 - 10:30 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and Derrick Favors had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz hold off the Milwaukee Bucks 96-87 Thursday night and claim consecutive wins for just the third time this season.

Hayward, Utah's leading scorer, had failed to reach double-digits in the previous two games but was efficient from the start against the Bucks with 18 in the first half.

Favors took his turn as the center of the improving Jazz offense at crunch time with seven points in the final 2:02 to clinch the game.

The Jazz made all 17 free throw attempts and outrebounded the Bucks 43-34 in the matchup of teams with the worst records in each conference.

Larry Sanders went 7 of 7 on field goals to lead Milwaukee with 16 points, while Luke Ridnour had 12 points and Gary Neal finished with 11.

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