MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Running its offense through Karl Malone, the
Utah Jazz scored a season-high 41 points in the third quarter.
Malone struggled in the final minutes and Utah almost lost its
But Mark Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left to seal
the victory as Utah had a season-high in points in a 118-115
victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Matt Harpring scored 18 of his 20 points in the third quarter,
when Utah outscored the Bucks 41-27 to take a 96-78 lead going into
the final period.
"We ran the offense through me every time down and ended up
with some layups," Malone said. "When you get in a situation like
that, you make the other team pay for switching and things like
Utah scored on 20 of 26 possessions in the quarter and the Jazz
were 14-of-22 from the field and 13-of-16 from the line in the
The Bucks committed seven turnovers in the quarter en route to a
season-high total of 20.
"We had way too many turnovers tonight," said Ray Allen, who
scored 29 points in his return after missing one game with sore
ankles. "That's what killed us. And they got so much momentum off
Allen and Sam Cassell each committed two turnovers in the first
three minutes of the second half as Utah used a 13-2 run to take a
68-53 lead on John Stockton's layup with 9:21 left in the quarter.
Malone scored 11 points and had three assists in the third
quarter, but started the final period on the bench. He returned
with 9:35 left, but missed five of six shots from the field and
four of six free throws in the final minutes.
"I took Karl out of the game and probably took his game away
from him because he was struggling from that point on," Utah coach
Jerry Sloan said.
The previous season-high for Utah was 110 points in a victory
over Chicago on Nov. 23.
The Jazz's 18-point lead in the fourth quarter quickly
evaporated as Utah missed nine of 12 free throws in the final nine
minutes and Milwaukee went 13-of-19.
"We couldn't shoot free throws," Sloan said. "If you don't
make your free throws down the stretch you make it difficult to
Allen made three free throws and Michael Redd converted a
three-point play to pull Milwaukee within 114-110 with 1:21 left.
Calbert Cheaney of the Jazz then missed a 3-point attempt, but
Malone pulled down the offensive rebound, and Jackson hit his 3
from the right baseline to give Utah a 117-110 lead with 35 seconds
Allen made two free throws to bring Milwaukee within 117-112,
but Jackson added a free throw before Cassell hit a 3 at the buzzer
for the final score.
"The hole was too deep," Milwaukee coach George Karl said.
Stockton's two free throws gave the Jazz the lead for good at
41-39 with 4:19 left in the second quarter and Utah led 55-51 at
The victory snapped the Jazz's five-game losing streak to
Milwaukee going back three seasons. ... Allen's 3-pointer with 4:14
left gave him 1,000 for his career. ... The game was delayed about
five minutes at 9:24 in the first quarter when condensation formed
on the court near the Jazz free throw line. Ice under the court was
blamed. ... Stockton was forced to leave the game 24 seconds into
the first quarter when Thomas poked him in the right eye. He
returned with 9:24 left in the quarter. ... Jazz F John Amaechi
served a one-game suspension imposed by the team due to violating
team rules. No other details were released. He watched the game on
the bench in street clothes. He is averaging 2.4 points and 11
minutes. ... Bucks C Joel Pryzbilla has not played in two of the
last three games due to coach's decision. He started 62 games for
Milwaukee last year.