SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Raja Bell scored a season-high 23 points
and the Utah Jazz beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-89 on Saturday night
to push coach Jerry Sloan past Red Auerbach for sixth place on the
career victory list with 939.
With the loss, the Bucks finished the season 0-15 on the road
against Western Conference teams.
Harpring finally sealed it on two free throws with 5.7 seconds
remaining for the Jazz, who kept it interesting by going 3-for-6
from the line in the final 29 seconds.
Mo Williams, who spent his rookie season with the Jazz before
leaving last summer as a restricted free agent, led the Bucks with
Milwaukee has lost five straight and last won in the West on
March 23, 2004, beating Sacramento 112-101.
The Bucks lost at Golden State 118-117 Friday night on Derek
Fisher's overtime buzzer-beater, then fell behind 9-0 right away
Saturday. Milwaukee rallied and led by five late in the third
quarter, but couldn't hold off the Jazz.
Utah shut out Milwaukee for the first 7:14 of the fourth quarter
while outscoring the Bucks 11-0 and taking an 81-71 lead the barely
held up. The Jazz scored 15 straight between the end of the third
and beginning of the fourth, but the Bucks kept scrapping and had a
chance at the end.
Keith McLeod, who had five assists, went 1-for-2 from the line
twice for Utah and Joe Smith got the Bucks within 91-89. Bell also
went 1-for-2 on two free throws, giving the Jazz just a 92-89 lead
with 10.2 seconds left.
But Michael Redd, who scored 14 points, missed on a 3-pointer
that could've tied it and Harpring hit both his free throws after
getting fouled with 5 seconds left.
Desmond Mason scored 16 points, Toni Kukoc had 13 and
Marcus Fizer 10 for Milwaukee. ... Utah selected Williams in the
second round of 2003 draft. ... Humphries previous career best was
13 points against Phoenix on Nov. 30. It was just the rookies'
third game in double figures.