Bucks win fourth straight, beat Jazz in overtimeWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Bucks won their second straight overtime game last night, 109-108 over the Utah Jazz at the Bradley Center.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks won their second straight overtime game last night, 109-108 over the Utah Jazz at the Bradley Center.
Brandon Jennings hit a three-pointer with eight-point-four seconds left to force the overtime. J.J. Redick scored Milwaukee’s first eight points in the extra period. And then Monta Ellis hit the game-winning jumper with 14-point-seven seconds to go. Ellis scored 34 points, and Redick had 17 in his fifth game since being traded from Orlando last month. Jennings had 17 assists, giving him 36 in his last two games. He became the first Bucks’ player with at least 15 assists in back-to-back games since Sam Cassell in 1999. Derrick Favors tied a career-high with 23 points for Utah. He also had 15 rebounds, as the Jazz lost for the fourth time in five games.
Milwaukee has won four straight, as the Bucks moved to within a game of Boston for the Number-seven playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks’ next game is tomorrow night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Bucks’ guard Monta Ellis has been named the NBA’s Eastern Conference player-of-the-week. He averaged 24 points in three Milwaukee victories over Dallas, Houston, and Toronto. Ellis had six steals in two straight contests against the Mavericks and Rockets – and he hit a 27-footer at the buzzer to give the Bucks their victory in Houston. Ellis averaged nine assists and five steals last week. And he’s become a more complete player since guard J.J. Redick arrived last month. Coach Jim Boylan says Ellis is playing at the point guard spot more often – he’s made better shot selections – he’s driving more to the basket – and he’s stepping up his defense.