SALT LAKE CITY -- Jazz big man Derrick Favors has seen his offensive game improve greatly over the past six weeks and after Thursday's victory over Milwaukee, he said Trey Burke deserves some of the credit.
Favors, who scored 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds and four steals, said the Jazz's rookie point guard's ability to get him the ball in key situations has helped a great deal.
"He helps out a lot," Favors said. "He sees the floor good, he can create offense for himself or he can create for other people."
Burke finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Jazz improved their record to 10-8 when Burke starts along with Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Favors.
"Earlier in the season I think I was trying to do too much, going too fast on the offensive end," Favors said. "I talked to some of the coaches, some of the players and they told me 'slow down.'"
Favors was Utah's most effective weapon in the second half. He scored 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting.
Jazz 96, Bucks 87
* BEST PLAY: Former dunk champ Jeremy Evans shows his stuff with 2:59 left in the second quarter, taking a pass, rising high and throwing down a rim-rattler over Bucks' rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo. It gives the Jazz a 46-34 lead.
* BEST LINE: Hayward was a handyman. He scored 22 points, four rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists, two steals.
* KEY STAT: Hayward was 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line and scored 13 points as the Jazz outscored the Bucks 31-22 in the decisive second quarter.
* HORNACEK HONORED: Former Jazz assistant and current Phoenix Suns head man Jeff Hornacek was named the NBA's Western Conference Coach of the Month for December.
Hornacek guided the Suns to a 10-3 record, including wins over the Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. Phoenix recorded a five-game winning streak between Dec. 4-15, the longest winning streak the Suns have had since January, 2011.
* MR. MANNERS: Reporters at Thursday's shootaround asked some Jazz players if they could pronounce the name of Milwaukee 19-year-old rookie forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, of Greece.
Following his attempt, which was close to perfect, Jazzman Marvin Williams seemed concerned that he'd somehow disrespected Antetokounmpo by not having a better grasp of his last name.
"I apologize if I messed it up," he said. "I apologize to him right now. I'd hate to have to write that every single time."
For the record, the phonetic pronunciation, according to Milwaukee's media relations people, is: YAHN-iss Ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh.
* GETTING FIT: The Utah Jazz announced Thursday they will team up with several local business to host a variety of health and wellness events and promotions as part of the league-wide NBA FIT Live Healthy Week, Jan. 3-10.
To help additional awareness about the importance of staying active, Jazz players will also wear special NBA FIT shooting shirts during home and away games throughout the week.
On Jan. 6, the team will tip off a 10-part series of Jazz Fit clinics at local schools. Throughout the week, Jazz players, including Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Ian Clark, Enes Kanter, John Lucas III and Williams, will host clinics for approximately 160 students at area schools.
* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz reported no injuries prior to the game. ... The Bucks went without guard Carlos Delfino (foot surgery), Johhn Hensen (ankle sprain) and Zaza Pachulia (broken foot).
* ETC.: Jazz backup point guard Diante Garrett scored a career-high 10 points. ... Alec Burks and Enes Kanter combined for 24 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots off the bench. ... The Jazz have wins in three of their last four games. ... Milwaukee has lost 12 straight in Salt Lake City. The Bucks' last win in Utah came on Oct. 30, 2001. ... The Bucks are 1-7 vs. the Western Conference. Their only win was New Year's Eve road victory over the Lakers.
* UP NEXT: The Jazz will visit the Lakers at Staples Center tonight. They have home games with Oklahoma City on Jan. 7 and Cleveland on Jan. 10.
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