Milwaukee (6-10) at Utah (14-4)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Mon Dec 4, 2006
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Milwaukee’s Michael Redd outscored the rest of his team the last time he faced the Utah Jazz.

He would like some help from his Bucks teammates this time when the teams wrap up their season series at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday.

Redd scored an NBA-high 57 points on 18-for-32 shooting in the Bucks’ 113-111 loss to the Jazz on Nov. 11 in Milwaukee. Redd, who broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise record of 55 points in a game, scored 39 in the second half to help erase a 24-point deficit.

Matt Harpring, though, made a layup with 1.8 seconds left to give Utah the win.

“I wanted to win,” Redd said after his record effort. “That’s the main thing. It probably would have felt better if I would have won the game.

Redd will get another chance Monday as the Bucks (6-10) look to win consecutive games for the first time this season. For that to happen, Redd’s going to need more support as eight other Bucks combined for 54 points in last month’s loss to Utah.

At 30.4 points per game, Redd is third in the league in scoring behind Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson (31.6 ppg) and Carmelo Anthony of Denver (32.2 ppg). Redd, who also scored 45 in a 109-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, is averaging 22.9 points in 11 career games against Utah.

Milwaukee is coming off a 115-110 over Golden State on Saturday. Mo Williams, who played his rookie season in 2003-04 with Utah and is the Milwaukee’s second-leading scorer at 15.3 ppg, scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead basket with 53 seconds to play.

Former Michigan State star Charlie Bell started his third straight game at forward in place of the injured Charlie Villanueva (torn elbow ligament) and scored a season-high 28 points—he’s averaging only 10.7 ppg.

“We deserved this win,” said Redd, who scored 24 points. “I really like the effort we’ve put in the last three games on the road.”

Milwaukee, which is one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams allowing 104.4 points per game, held Golden State scoreless the final 2:54 of the game and the Bucks outscored the Warriors 26-16 in the fourth quarter.

“When things are not going our way, we don’t get down,” said Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts, whose team will look for its fourth win in six games. “We have a certain resilience.”

The Jazz (14-4), who have lost three of their last five games after a 12-1 start still have the NBA’s best record thanks to a 109-107 win over Seattle at home on Saturday.

Mehmet Okur hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Deron Williams with 1.6 seconds in another nail-biter win for the Jazz, who have won four games this season by three points or less. Okur finished with 12 points and Williams had 18 and nine assists.

Carlos Boozer, who is averaging 22.3 points and 12.2 rebounds, had 24 points and eight boards, and rookie Paul Millsap came off the bench to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds.

“It’s definitely important. It’s a big game for us, we needed this win to get back on track,” Williams said.

Utah led 82-70 after three quarters and has won 31 straight games when leading going into the fourth quarter, the longest active run in the NBA.

The Jazz are 9-1 at their newly-named arena. Their only loss was 88-75 to Orlando on Nov. 27 in a matchup of conference leaders.

“We’re having fun. It’s been great so far, and hopefully, we’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing out there all season,” Okur said.

Utah will try for its fifth straight win over Milwaukee at home and overall.

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