MILWAUKEE - Mike James figured he was going to win the game. He just had to decide how to do it.
James made a layup with 20.8 seconds left and Michael Redd added two clinching free throws as the Milwaukee Bucks sent the Utah Jazz to their ninth straight loss, 89-86 Saturday night.
Redd finished with 26 points for Milwaukee, which trailed by 10 points with 10:24 left in the fourth quarter but still won its third consecutive game.
"The play was designed for me to just run a high pick and roll," said James, who finished with 10 points. "I just came off a screen and basically said to myself, 'I'm either going to go all the way to the basket or I'm going to get fouled and go to the free throw line."'
Juneau-Douglas High School grad Carlos Boozer had 28 points on 12-for-17 shooting and eight rebounds for Utah, losers of six straight on the road.
The Jazz, playing their fifth game in seven days, got 15 points each from Keith McLeod and Howard Eisley.
"I think we could have executed a little bit better and maybe gotten just a little bit closer on some of our shots," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "But we're so anxious and so impatient all the time."
After James' layup, McLeod missed a 3-pointer. Utah fouled Redd and he made both free throws with 4.8 seconds left for the 89-86 lead.
"We were very scrappy," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "Everybody who played, contributed. We just had to grind the game out. We finally had the ball bounce our way. Earlier in the year, they would've made those 3-pointers."
Utah called timeout, then Gordan Giricek and Matt Harpring both missed game-tying 3-point attempts before the buzzer sounded.
"We had everything in our hands," Giricek said. "We did the job. It's like milking a cow. You get all the milk and then when you're done, you spill it."
A driving dunk through the lane by Marcus Fizer capped a 9-2 run and gave the Bucks an 82-81 lead with 2:38 remaining. It was their first lead since a 17-16 advantage with 2:14 left in the first quarter.
"We just tried to make guys shoot bad shots, block out and get the rebound," Fizer said.