Jazz Silence Bucks
Utah 88, Milwaukee 80
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 17 (Ticker) -- Mehmet Okur continues to be the lone bright spot for the Utah Jazz.
Okur had 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Jazz to an 88-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and a sweep of the season series.
Milwaukee trailed the entire game before going on a 11-2 run late in the third quarter. T.J. Ford's free throws with 46 seconds left gave the Bucks a 63-62 lead.
Tied 65-65 to start the fourth quarter, the Jazz opened with a 12-2 spurt as rookie Andre Owens scored four points.
"That first five minutes of the final quarter really hurt us," said Bucks guard Michael Redd, who scored 19 points. "They put a little bit of pressure on us and we folded a bit, no excuses, we have got to go out and finish them off."
"I thought we had some momentum going into the fourth quarter, but they scored on consecutive possessions and it went from a tie game to 10," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "We couldn't quite get over the hump after that."
Two free throws by Redd pulled the Bucks within 83-78 with 1:29 left. On the next possession, Okur nailed a jumper from the top of the key to give the Jazz some breathing room, and Milt Palacio sank a pair of free throws to seal the victory.
"(Okur's) shot was the biggest shot of the game, no question," said Jazz guard Gordan Giricek, who scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
"I never felt like the momentum changed, but we played pretty consistent in the fourth quarter and executed well," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.
Rookie Deron Williams scored 14 points and Devin Brown added 13 off the bench for the Jazz, who shot 49 percent (37-of-75) from the field.
"I made a few shots tonight, but really Deron did a great job of driving and finding me for some open looks," said Okur, who made just 5-of-13 shots. "We were on the road against a good team and tonight our bench was huge."
Ford scored 16 points for Milwaukee, which fell to just 2-7 against the Western Conference. Jamaal Magloire had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
"You can't let teams come in here and do what Utah did tonight," Bucks guard Jiri Welsch said. "It's a lesson and we have to move forward and learn from it."