Utah 110, Milwaukee 92
Game 59: Saturday at the Bradley Center
... 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Jazz 24 26 24 36 - 110
Bucks 16 27 27 22 - 92
1st quarter: Unlike their other four games on this trip, the Jazz don't dig themselves a hole early. Karl Malone's sixth point gives Utah a 13-6 lead. Malone scores eight but turns the ball over four times.
2nd quarter: Malone adds seven points. The Jazz lead by nine, but the Bucks rally behind Ray Allen to take a one-point lead. Utah goes on an 11-2 run to go back up by eight.
3rd quarter: The Jazz shoot 35.7 percent from the field and get outrebounded 13-4. Malone scores 11.
4th quarter: Utah puts the game away by shooting 67 percent from the field (10-of-15) and 93 percent from the foul line (14 of 15). Malone continues to dominate with 14 points - giving him 40 for the game.
Who's hot: Malone. He scored 32, 32 and 40 in his last three games. He was 11-of-19 from the field, 18-of-19 from the line with eight rebounds and five assists against the Bucks.
Key to the game: The tired Jazz (playing their fourth road game in five nights) made 20 more free throws than the short-handed Bucks.
Records: Jazz 43-16; Bucks 29-30
Quotable: "We have improved as a team this season, but I think our best basketball is still coming." Jazz forward Karl Malone.
Notable: Jazz players were unaware of the death threat to Karl Malone phoned in to Continental Airlines Arena on Friday night in New Jersey until after the game was over. There was no incident, and the players were nonchalant about the entire affair, although Malone, who has a concealed-weapon permit, said he plans to start routinely carrying a gun with him on road trips. . . . Bucks starters Terrell Brandon (injured list, sprained ankle), Glenn Robinson (hyperextended left knee) and Tyrone Hill (upper respiratory infection) sat out Saturday's game. . . . Jazz center Greg Ostertag (stress fracture, left leg) will begin to practice with the team this week. He will be re-evaluated on Friday. . . . The Bucks were called for seven illegal defenses, giving the Jazz six technical free throws. It set an NBA record for illegal-defense calls in a game by one team. . . . The Bradley Center was sold out (18,717) for just the fourth time this season for the Jazz's lone visit of the year.
Next Up: Houston vs. Jazz, Monday, 7 p.m. at the Delta Center.