The Milwaukee Bucks are on their worst road losing streak in three years.
The Bucks will try to end an eight-game skid away from home as they conclude a five-game trip with a matchup against the woeful Utah Jazz.
Milwaukee is coming off a 118-117 loss at Golden State on Friday night, as the Warriors’ Derek Fisher hit a 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer.
The Bucks, who started this season 0-7 on the road, hadn’t lost eight straight away from home since dropping their last 11 road contests in 2001-02. Milwaukee’s last road win was over the expansion Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 22.
Michael Redd, who scored 33 points, had put Milwaukee up by two on a running jumper with 4.9 seconds to play.
“It was a tough way to lose,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. “We’ve had four or five of those buzzer-beaters this year, those walk-off losses. They’re tough. … I can’t even think about home yet. I’m still thinking about this game.”
Desmond Mason scored 25 of his season-high 32 points in the second half for the Bucks, but was held scoreless in overtime.
The Bucks have lost 7 of 9 overall, and 10 of their last 14
Milwaukee dropped to 0-14 on the road against Western Conference teams this season, and the Jazz are the Bucks’ last remaining West foe away from home.
Utah has lost 10 of its last 11, and is also coming off a one-point loss— 85-84 at home to Washington on Thursday night as Keith McLeod missed a potential game-winning shot just before the buzzer.
McLeod had stolen the ball from Washington’s Larry Hughes with about 7 seconds to play. McLeod and Raja Bell broke downcourt for Utah, and the Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas sprinted to get back in time and contest McLeod’s shot with about a second remaining.
McLeod yelled for a foul but didn’t get it—a complaint Utah had all night. Washington shot 37 free throws to Utah’s 11, including just three in the second half.
“It’s a tough way to lose a game, but it happens. We’ve lost by one point a lot this year,” said Matt Harpring, who had 18 points and six assists off the bench for Utah.
Utah lost much more than the game, too. Forward Andrei Kirilenko broke his wrist after colliding with Washington’s Kwame Brown just 3:02 into the game. Kirilenko, an All-Star last season, put both hands down to break his fall when his feet went out from under him, and the impact when he landed snapped his wrist and ended his season.
“I think it’s good I don’t need surgery, but still I need about a month to heal it,” Kirilenko said. “All I can do is try to recover as much as possible, and heal it good. So take a good summer break, probably a lot of weightlifting for ligaments, get my knee good. I’ll be ready for next season.”