SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 30 (AP) -- Ray Allen
often gets a nervous feeling before tipoff and wonders if he'll score at all. Usually, though, it means he's ready for a big game.
Utah's Karl Malone puts one home in the Jazz's season opener.
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He was Tuesday night, finishing with 32 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the fourth quarter then beat the Utah Jazz 119-112 in overtime.
It wasn't just Allen as Glenn Robinson had 28 points and Sam Cassell added 25 for the Bucks, who hit all seven shots from the field in the overtime.
"It was the first game and I just had this fear in my stomach," said Allen, who was 11-of-21 from the field. "I said to myself, 'I wonder if I'm going to make a basket, just any basket.' Well, I made a couple of baskets."
So did his teammates, especially in the extra five minutes.
"We need to make shots, and we do," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "At the end there, we were just making jumpers."
The Jazz held Milwaukee's big three in check for three quarters, but the Bucks erased a 91-80 deficit midway through the fourth by outscoring Utah 11-1 over the final 3:14 of regulation.
"We were in good position and didn't do much down the stretch," said Utah's John Stockton, who had 18 points and 14 assists. "They sure did. We fueled that with our offense and they picked it up on both ends."
For the Jazz, it was reminiscent of their fourth-quarter collapse in Game 5 of last season's first-round playoff series against Dallas, when the Mavericks outscored Utah 27-12 to advance to the second round.
"I can't even remember the Dallas game," Stockton said.
John Starks led the Jazz with 20 points and Karl Malone scored 15 on 4-of-12 shooting. Stockton, who turns 40 next spring, had an outstanding game but had two turnovers in the final minute, helping the Bucks close the gap.
Milwaukee could have won in regulation but Tim Thomas missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Seconds earlier, Stockton tied it at 102 with a scoop in the lane with 3.4 seconds to play.
With Stockton in his finest All-Star form, the Jazz set the tempo against the quick-shooting Bucks through three quarters. Going into the final period, Utah was shooting just under 58 percent.
Then the Jazz committed seven of their 21 turnovers in the fourth quarter.
"They just keyed in on us when we'd stand and hold the ball," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "As quick as they are, they can get out on the floor and cover you. We had a difficult time guarding them as they came down as well."
Last season, the Bucks took Philadelphia to a seventh game before narrowly losing in the Eastern Conference finals. It took them time to get going against the Jazz, slowed by streaky shooting and spotty defense.
Anthony Mason, the All-Star forward who signed a four-year, $21 million contract last week, scored 11 points in 42 minutes for the Bucks. He had a big basket with 21 seconds left in overtime to seal the win.
"I played a guy 42 minutes that had three practices," Karl said. "That tells you how much I think he's good. Karl Malone is a great player, but I think Anthony got the best of him."
Quincy Lewis, who played in 35 games last season and averaged 3.5 points, was a surprise starter for Utah. With the Jazz needing a steady shooting guard, that seemed to be an effort by Sloan to motivate Starks.
"Starting, coming off the bench, doesn't make a difference," Starks said. "It's just what you do with your time and your minutes when you're out there."
Lewis, who shot 7-of-13 in the last two preseason games, scored four points in nine minutes.
Notes: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir packed the court before tipoff to sing "God Bless America" and the national anthem. ... Malone, who last season passed Wilt Chamberlain for second place on the NBA's career scoring list, needs 66 points to reach 33,000. ... Stockton, the NBA's career leader in steals and assists, is 21 steals from 3,000. ... The Bucks have opened on the road 17 straight seasons.