SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz struggled offensively for the second straight game. Once again, it didn’t matter.
Rodney Hood scored 23 points and the Jazz pulled away late in an 84-81 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night despite an ugly offensive performance.
The Jazz won their season-high fifth consecutive game but shot just 39 percent from the field.
“I think we were an offensive juggernaut,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder joked. “Their length is pretty good, it bothered us some. Pressure on the ball, particularly in pick-and-roll. That forces guys to make plays and we didn’t make enough of them.
“Thought we had some open shots. I actually thought we got a little bit reluctant to shoot them as the game went on, which can’t happen.”
The Jazz began to pull away in the final 5 minutes on a reverse dunk by Rudy Gobert set up by a drive and dish from Raul Neto. Neto’s corner 3 gave the Jazz a two-point lead and Gordon Hayward’s 3 extended it to 78-73 with 3:16 remaining.
The five-point advantage was Utah’s largest since the first quarter. Hayward put the game away with a layup that made it 82-75 with…