SALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward led the Utah Jazz to a 96-87 victory over the Bucks on Thursday night at EnergySolutions Arena, turning back Milwaukee's bid for a second straight victory.
The Bucks hung close and got within three points in the fourth quarter, but Utah (11-24) closed with a strong push.
Hayward, the former Butler star, scored a game-high 22 points while center Derrick Favors added 21 points and 11 rebounds.
After the Bucks cut their deficit to 83-80, Alec Burks scored on a drive and Trey Burke sank a jumper. Then Favors dunked off a great interior pass from Marvin Williams and Utah led, 89-80.
"We could not get over the hump," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "We got it down to three and we came out with two turnovers. One of those, we had a steal and two of our guys ran into each other. They ended up getting it and laying it up.
"But we didn't play well. We were exposed off the dribble all game long and we've got to be better."
Larry Sanders paced the Bucks (7-25) with 16 points and eight rebounds while Luke Ridnour added 12 points and eight assists. Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Bucks dropped to 1-1 on their western trip which concludes Saturday in Phoenix.
Diante Garrett played 20 minutes as the Jazz backup point guard and contributed a career-best 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting while adding four assists. Garrett, battling to keep his spot on the Jazz roster, certainly helped his cause with an efficient performance in a backup role to Burke, the rookie from Michigan. Burke had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.
"I've just got to be ready when coach (Tyrone Corbin) calls me," Garrett said. "I've just got to stay ready and whenever he wants me in the game I've got to go do what I've got to go do. Just keep my confidence up and play with that aggressiveness."
Garrett was a fan of the Bucks while growing up and watched the Big Three of Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell.
"Playing against your hometown (team) is fun," Garrett said. "I'm glad I came out and played how I played."
Contracts will be guaranteed for the rest of the season on Tuesday and Garrett is aware of the date. He appeared in 19 games with the Phoenix Suns last season and now has played in 24 with Utah since signing in mid-November.
"I haven't thought about that really," Garrett said. "I've just been trying to stay focused on trying to win some games and trying to play good so I can stay here.
"Getting here has been good. Now I've got to stay here and just stay in the gym, keep my game up so I can be here for the long term."
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