Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Monday, November 21st
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Game 2: Saturday, December 17th
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Bucks 80

(5-4, 3-3 away)

Jazz 100

(5-7, 2-3 home)

Coverage: KJZZ

7:00 PM ET, November 21, 2005

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
MIL 21 18 21 2080
UTAH 20 34 23 23100

Top Performers

Milwaukee: M. Redd 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

Utah: D. Williams 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Jazz spoil Bogut's return to Utah with win vs. Bucks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The No. 1 pick in the NBA draft struggled and the third overall pick thrived.

The Utah Jazz are pretty pleased with the way the draft turned out.

Deron Williams had his second straight -- and second career -- double-double with 10 points and 10 assists and the Jazz snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 100-80 on Monday night.

Williams, the third pick in the NBA draft, and the Jazz spoiled former University of Utah center Andrew Bogut's return to the state, holding the top overall pick to eight points and seven rebounds.

"We needed it. We needed it really bad," Williams said. "We've got to build on that. We can't go back and lose five more."

Greg Ostertag and Kris Humphries each had 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who outrebounded the Bucks 53-35.

Utah scored 100 points for the first time this season and won its first game since beating Toronto 99-84 on Nov. 11.

"It all came together for us finally," Ostertag said.

Injuries have forced the Jazz to use four rookies this season and the adjustment has taken time. But coach Jerry Sloan was pleased even after an 80-72 loss to Memphis on Saturday -- when Williams had 10 assists and 21 points -- and on Monday could celebrate more than just a solid effort.

The Jazz listened -- and won.

"They're having the realization that somebody else can help me or I can help them," Sloan said.

Michael Redd scored 25 points and T.J. Ford had 10 points and five assists for Milwaukee.

The Bucks finished a four-game road trip 1-3 and had little energy in the final period.

The Jazz were scoreless for a three-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter, but the Bucks managed just four points and failed to cut into Utah's 23-point lead.

"Some possessions they got three or four shots and that hurt," Bogut said.

Mehmet Okur scored 16 points, and Matt Harpring and Devin Brown each added 12. Brown's total was the highest since joining the Jazz as a free agent this summer.

The Jazz -- who were without Andrei Kirilenko (ankle), Keith McLeod (back) and Carlos Boozer (hamstring) -- relied on a young lineup that finally came together.

Williams, whose first double-double came Saturday in a loss to Memphis, was making his fourth start. He has also played some shooting guard this season but said he's much more comfortable playing the point.

That's been apparent.

With Utah leading 66-46 in the third quarter, Williams threaded a pass from the top of the key to Harpring under the basket for an easy layup.

"If he can just hold that head up when he's dribbling, he's going to find me and Andrei a lot," Harpring said.

Bogut, who received a loud ovation from the crowd of 16,176 fans, cut the margin to 15 at 74-59 later in the third with a two-handed dunk on a missed layup by Bobby Simmons. Jiri Welsch made a free throw to get Milwaukee within 74-60. But Brown tipped in a rebound just before the buzzer and the Jazz led 77-60 at the end of three periods.

"It was great to be back in Salt Lake City, but I wasn't too happy with the way we played," Bogut said. "They got us down early and we couldn't get back into the game."

The Bucks didn't make much of a run in the fourth, and when they did the Jazz answered right back. Williams started a 9-0 run for the Jazz with a layup, Jarron Collins and Okur scored after pulling down offensive rebounds and Brown hit a 3-pointer to put Utah up 92-70.

Game notes


Okur was 3-for-4 from 3-point range and added eight rebounds. ... Bogut was 3-of-4 from the field, dunking two offensive rebounds. ... Williams drew a foul by Milwaukee's Jamaal Magloire with seven-tenths of a second left in the second quarter. He made all three free throws to put Utah up 54-39 at halftime. ... University of Utah athletic director Chris Hill and basketball coach Ray Giacoletti were in the crowd for Bogut's return.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIL
UTAH
Points 80 100
FGM-FGA 28-69 (.406) 36-88 (.409)
3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 7-14 (.500)
FTM-FTA 20-34 (.588) 21-27 (.778)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-35 20-53
Assists 14 28
Turnovers 14 14
Steals 8 7
Blocks 5 5
Fast Break Points 8 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
Largest Lead 5 24

Top Performers

Milwaukee
Utah
Michael Redd Redd
Points: 25
Reb: 2
Ast: 1
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Deron Williams Williams
Points: 10
Reb: 3
Ast: 10
Stl: 1
Blk: 1