1:46 AM ETEric WoodyardESPN Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo actually did not take pleasure in struggling a 129-115 street loss to the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena on Friday night time, however he could not assist however admire how “easy” the sport regarded to them.More necessary, the Jazz earned his respect: Antetokounmpo mentioned they’re the “finest staff within the West.”Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA MVP, completed with 29 factors, 15 rebounds and 6 assists, after being held to 2 first-half factors — his fewest in any half this season.And after witnessing the Jazz have 4 25-point scorers for the primary time in franchise historical past, Antetokounmpo felt a private connection to what was taking place earlier than his eyes.”It simply seems to be enjoyable. Like after I watch them play, it seems to be enjoyable, it seems to be straightforward,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “It seems to be easy. For certain, they seem like us final yr, and man, while you’re at that time and also you’re enjoying with that confidence, you are laborious to beat for certain.”Like final season’s Bucks, the Jazz (21-5) have the most effective file within the NBA. They’ve received 17 of their previous 18 video games, with the primary victory of that stretch additionally coming in opposition to the Bucks on Jan. 8.Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles had 27 factors apiece, and Donovan Mitchell added 26 factors with eight assists and 6 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson went for 25 factors off the bench.Ingles mentioned they might take a minute to rejoice the victory, however then after that it could be again to enterprise.Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz are 17-1 of their previous 18 video games. “We do not wish to be the most effective staff in February,” Mitchell mentioned. “We wish to be the most effective staff in July.” Photo by Jeff Swinger/NBAE by way of Getty Images”I do not assume we’re that glad simply but,” mentioned Ingles, who went 4-for-4 from 3-point vary.That’s as a result of their objectives are a lot greater than the common season, particularly after final season, after they blew a 3-1 result in Denver and had been eradicated within the first spherical.”We do not wish to be the most effective staff in February; we wish to be the most effective staff in July,” Mitchell mentioned.Being revered within the high function continues to be one thing new for Mitchell and his teammates. As the leaders in Utah, Mitchell’s and Gobert’s paths to turning into NBA All-Stars weren’t at all times written in stone, and so they’ve developed an underdog mentality that has carried over to the staff.”It’s totally different in my 4 years. You take a look at all of us and every particular person story … [we were] underrated,” Mitchell mentioned. “I feel now we’re at a degree the place persons are coming at us, and the best way we have responded to that may be very spectacular. I feel there’s much more we will do to proceed to get higher, nevertheless it would not harm to be within the second and perceive that what we’re doing is fairly cool.”The street would not get a lot simpler for Utah, with the Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers and back-to-back video games in opposition to the LA Clippers up subsequent. Then it is Charlotte on Feb. 22, adopted by the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 24 and the Heat once more Feb. 26.Although the emphasis may not be on the common season, the Jazz know they can not bypass it, both.However, Jazz coach Quin Snyder mentioned, “Nobody is thrashing their chest about something that we have executed.”Frankly you by no means wish to do this and it is by no means applicable except you are the final staff standing,” Snyder mentioned. “That’s one thing we’ll proceed to attempt to keep away from.”