Utah Jazz: Early deficit turns into road win for Jazz
Win is a bounce back from Bayou bashing
After a bad pass by John Salmons sent the ball past midcourt, the 7-footer outraced Milwaukee's Drew Gooden to collect it. Elson then connected with Kirilenko for an easy dunk that followed a 3-pointer by Deron Williams to put the Jazz up for good at 84-80.
Moments later, the Jazz wrapped up a game-clinching 13-2 run on a Jefferson tip-in.
Kirilenko jokingly said he had to rescue Elson on his play.
"Ask him about his spaghetti legs," Kirilenko said. "He started like falling down. I was like, 'Oh, my man, I have to help him."
Elson disagreed with Kirilenko's humorous description of his legs.
"I saw Andrei running. He wanted it so bad because he said he could windmill it," Elson joked. "But he did a garbage dunk. ... I was just glad Andrei was there or else I would've just taken off from the 3-point line."
Ex-Ute Andrew Bogut, who missed Utah's 109-88 win at EnergySolutions Arena last month, led the Bucks with 19 points and nine rebounds. But it wasn't enough to contain Utah, which continues its pre-Christmas road trip Monday in Cleveland.
"We had our chances early on in the game," Bogut said. "We know that they're going to make a run in the fourth quarter. They're probably one of the best fourth quarter finishing teams in the league.
"Once they start getting momentum in their favor, they are very tough to beat."
The Jazz are especially tough sometimes, crazy as it may be, after their opponents take that dangerous double-digit lead.
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