MILWAUKEE — The Utah Jazz came into Fiserv Forum knowing they would be in for a fight against the hometown Milwaukee Bucks, and they got just what they expected. Behind the Herculean effort of reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo — who recorded his 17th straight double-double — the Bucks pull out their 14th win of the season by a score of 122-118 over Utah.

“He’s terrific player. He did what he’s capable of doing.” — Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, on Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak went off for 50 points and 14 rebounds to go along with six assists. He looked visibly exhausted at the end of the game but still mustered the energy to carry his team to victory. For the Jazz, it was their sixth loss against 11 wins thus far this season and a somewhat disappointing start to their five-game road swing. Bojan Bogdanovic — with 24 points — led six Utah players in double digits in the losing effort. Utah played tough on the road against an Eastern Conference power, but in the end it was just too much Antetokounmpo to overcome.

“He’s terrific player. He did what he’s capable of doing,” said Jazz head coach Quin Snyder after the game. “I think he made four 3s so when he’s doing that (there’s not much you can do). I think we did a really good job trying to stay between him (and) the basket.”

Utah was able to keep the game close even after the Bucks made a big run late in the game. Snyder said he was proud of the way his team played to give themselves a chance to win all the way to the end.

“I thought when they made a run and got the lead, the way that we held our composure and came back … that’s what I want us to hang on to tonight,” he added.

“Milwaukee’s a great team and Giannis showed why he’s the MVP in the second half, but I didn’t think we made it easy,” Snyder said. “(Giannis) played at (an elite) level and I thought our guys really responded to be in the game up until that last possession.”

The Jazz got out to a good start taking a 57-48 lead into halftime against Milwaukee. Forward Bogdanovic led the way with 13 points, while Tony Bradley — subbing at center for the second straight game for the injured Rudy Gobert — posted eight points and 11 rebounds.

For Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo was the only other player in double-digits in the first half with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting from the floor. The Jazz led by as many as 13 points during the half.

The tide changed in the third quarter as the Bucks outscored the Jazz 42-26 as Antetokounmpo exploded for 18 points in the period. He added 14 points in the final period to finish with 50. Afterwards, he said being able to win consistently against tough competition is what he strives for every game.

“I’m just trying to get better. Take it day by day, game by game and just get myself ready in games that matter the most,” Antetokounmpo said. “This was an opportunity for me to get better, to help my teammates be better because at the end of the day we want to be the last team that’s playing at the end of the season.”

He noted that he was motivated in part by the last-second loss the Bucks suffered in Utah earlier this month.

“We definitely had a lot of extra juice. We don’t like losing twice to the same team and (this) was like a revenge game,” Antetokounmpo said.

The victory was the Bucks’ eighth straight, the longest streak Milwaukee has had since the 2001-02 season.

For the Jazz, even in defeat, they were gratified to have played so well against an excellent Milwaukee squad.

“We’re really proud of the effort we gave tonight. Especially from our guys like Tony (Bradley) and Georgie (Niang, 13 points), Jeff (Green, 11 points) and Emmanuel (Mudiay, 12 points), Don (Mitchell, 20 points), Bogey (Bogdanovic) — everybody down a line played very well together and we took the game plan to heart,” said guard Mike Conley, who had nine assists. “We did our best to execute it. Obviously, they have a great team over there and in Giannis they have a great player who can make plays in the game which was a little bit too much at the end.”

Next up for Utah will be the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MST.