Giricek leads Jazz past Bucks
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Gordan Giricek poured in a season-high
18 points, and Utah hit the century mark in points for the first time this
season in a 100-80 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Delta Center.
Mehmet Okur added 16 points, while Matt Harpring and Devin Brown each scored
12, as the Jazz snapped a five-game skid and won at home against Milwaukee for
the 14th time in the last 17 meetings.
Rookie Deron Williams tallied 10 points and 10 assists for Utah, which also
got eight points and 10 rebounds from Greg Ostertag.
Michael Redd had 25 points to top the Bucks, who fell behind in the second
quarter and never recovered on the way to their second consecutive defeat.
The Bucks were actually ahead, 21-20, after one quarter, but the Jazz scored
seven in a row in the second to go in front for good, 31-24. Giricek’s jumper
started the spurt, and two layups by Milt Palacio capped the rally.
Utah ended the first half on an 11-3 run to lead 54-39 at the intermission.
Giricek and Okur hit back-to-back three-pointers and Williams ended the first
half by hitting three free throws.
The Jazz continually widened their lead in the third and gained their biggest
advantage at 99-75 with just under two minutes left in the final quarter.
Kris Humphries had 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who shot 40.9 percent from the
field, including 7-of-14 from three-point range…Utah outrebounded the Bucks,
53-35…Milwaukee shot 40.6 percent from the floor and converted just 20-of-34
foul shots…T.J. Ford had 10 points for the Bucks on 3-of-11 shooting.