NBA Game Summary - Utah at Milwaukee
(Saturday, December 17th)
Final Score: Utah 88, Milwaukee 80
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur and Gordan Giricek each scored 14 points, as the Utah Jazz defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 88-80, at the Bradley Center.
Okur also pulled down 14 rebounds, while Devin Brown added 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting including three three-pointers off the bench for the Jazz, who have won three of their last four games.
Jamaal Magliore registered a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, and Michael Redd scored 19 on 6-of-13 shooting from the field for the Bucks, who have lost two of their last three games.
"We executed down the stretch and we played good defense," said Williams. "Those are some of the things that we have struggled with in the past. We would play good ball for 40 minutes and then crumble down the stretch. Tonight we did a good job of staying with it."
Utah's biggest deficit was only a point, the last time at 65-64 with 31 seconds left in the third quarter, when T.J Ford hit a jumper.
The Jazz were able to keep the Bucks at bay in the fourth and pull away for their sixth road victory.
Utah led by as many as 16 on a Greg Ostertag jumper in the second quarter, but the Bucks outscored the Jazz 29-21 in the third to tie the game 65-65.
With the third quarter ending, Dan Gadzuric fouled Ostertag, but was not awarded free throws, and Andre Owens missed a jumper to end the quarter. Referee Joe Forte went back, looked at the tape and concluded that Ostertag should've taken two from the charity stripe. Forte restarted the third, to the dismay of Bucks head coach, Terry Stotts.
"We had a lot of momentum going into the fourth quarter," Stotts said. "That delay - [Utah] shooting the free throw again - that took a little bit of rhythm of the game away, but I thought we had three or four good looks in the paint and came up empty. They scored in consecutive possessions so it went from a tie game to six [point deficit]. We couldn't quite get over the hump after that."
The Jazz went on 6-0 run to open the fourth and regain the lead, 71-65, and never trailed again, as Jarron Collins scored six fourth quarter points. Utah started the final quarter on a 12-2 spurt, as two Okur free throws extended the advantage to 77-67 with 7:38 to go.
Redd's two free throws pulled Milwaukee within 83-78 with 1:29 remaining, but the Bucks couldn't get any closer.
The Jazz jumped out to an early lead behind their leading scorers Williams, Okur and Giricek, who combined to score 14 of the team's 25 first quarter points. Milwaukee had just 13 points after 12 minutes.
Milwaukee shot 39.4 percent from the floor, while Utah shot 49.3 percent...Utah won the season series, 2-0, also beating the Bucks 100-80 on November 21 at the Delta Center...Magliore and Kris Humphries were assessed technical fouls with 31 seconds left in the first half...The Jazz bench outscored the Bucks, 41-35...This was the second game of a five-game road trip for Utah, which beat Indiana Friday night...Both teams pulled down 38 rebounds...Milwaukee had a 23-14 edge on fast-break points.
12/18 00:04:12 ET