Boozer pushes Jazz past Bucks
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Carlos Boozer scored 30 points and
pulled down 13 rebounds to power Utah to a 101-88 win over Milwaukee, moving
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan within one victory of 1,000 for his NBA career.
Mehmet Okur totaled 17 points and 13 boards for Utah, which has won back-to-
back contests for the first time since an eight-game run last month.
Sloan, who has been the Jazz coach since the 1988-89 season, goes for his
milestone win Friday at Minnesota.
On Monday, his team used a big third quarter, on the way to beating the Bucks
for a fifth straight time.
“I thought we did a pretty god job of basically handling their zone,” Sloan
said. “We’ve got in trouble a couple of times against a zone defense, but our
guys, I thought, executed pretty well and got good shots.”
Charlie Bell had 23 points, making 4-of-9 three-point shots, for the Bucks,
who have dropped two of three games.
Already ahead by 11 points at halftime, the Jazz stretched that margin to as
high as 28 in the third quarter. Okur’s three-point play ended a 13-2 burst
for an 82-54 cushion with 3:10 remaining in the quarter. Utah’s lead was 86-64
going into the fourth.
Andrei Kirilenko had 14 points and Deron Williams contributed 11 points, seven
rebounds and eight assists for Utah.
Michael Redd scored 18 for the Bucks, who shot a miserable 38.1 percent from
the field and were outrebounded, 48-34. It was a far cry from the franchise-
record 57 scored by Redd in a 113-111 Bucks home loss to the Jazz on November
“It’s a team game, and no one can win a game by themselves,” Redd said. “They
did a great job of surrounding me.”
Utah led 28-25 after 12 minutes, but quickly widened that advantage with six
consecutive points in the second. Dee Brown’s layup pushed the lead to 39-30
with 7:50 to go in the half. It was 57-46 at the break.
Milwaukee has lost 15 of its last 18 at Utah…Boozer went 12-of-18 from the
field…Utah shot 50.6 percent…Paul Millsap had nine points, seven rebounds
and three blocks for the Jazz, who are 10-1 at home this season.