The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Utah Jazz 123-97 on Saturday night. Milwaukee was without Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, who were both out with knee injuries. However, Jrue Holiday returned to the floor after missing the last couple of games with an illness. Holiday was lights out from the floor, pouring in 21 points on 9-16 shooting (3-6 from three). He also dished out eight assists and grabbed four rebounds. However, it was a basket early in the third quarter that perhaps meant the most to Holiday on this night. You see, Holiday reached 14,000 points for his career:
14,000 career points for Jrue!! pic.twitter.com/YDxINmqIq7
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 18, 2022
Jrue Holiday Is Experiencing One of the Best Seasons of His Career
A great deal has been said of how Brook Lopez is having a renaissance type season. And right so. He is considered by many to be a primary candidate to win Defensive Player of the Year. However, not enough has been said or written about how great of a season Jrue Holiday is having, too.
Going into the Bucks’ win over the Jazz, Holiday was averaging 19.1 points per game. This is tied for the second-highest average he has had in any season of his career. In 2018-19, he averaged 21.2 points with the New Orleans Pelicans. Also going into the Jazz game, Holiday was averaging 7.4 assists per game. This is his third-highest average for his career in that statistical category. He averaged 8.0 assists in 2012-13 (his lone All-Star season) with the Philadelphia 76ers and 7.7 assists in 2018-19.
Oh, and the 5.3 rebounds he is averaging this year? That would be a career high. The closest Holiday has come to that mark was when he averaged 5.0 rebounds in 2018-19.
Hopefully Holiday gets his second All-Star nod this season. He is most certainly deserving.
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