Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/3

Game 1: Friday, January 3rd
Game 2: Friday, March 28th

Jazz 118


Bucks 115

(13-19, 8-7 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:30 PM ET, January 3, 2003

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 23 32 41 22118
    MIL 23 28 27 37115

    Top Performers

    UTAH: A. Kirilenko 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 5 Stl

    Mil: S. Cassell 23 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Utah scores season-high 118 points

    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 big lead.

    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 that."

    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 quarter.

    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 those."

    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 win."

    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 left.

    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.

    Andrei Kirilenko scored 21 points to lead the Jazz, and Stockton added 20. Tim Thomas scored 22 for Milwaukee.

    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 halftime.

    Game notes
    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 118 115
    FGM-FGA 42-79 (.532) 42-75 (.560)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 8-17 (.471)
    FTM-FTA 31-46 (.674) 23-27 (.852)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-38 9-27
    Assists 26 25
    Turnovers 13 20
    Steals 13 10
    Blocks 0 3
    Fast Break Points 6 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 30 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
    Points: 21
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Sam Cassell Cassell
    Points: 23
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0