Bulls rally, but fall to Jazz
CHICAGO (AP) — The Jazz answered a big run with one of their own and withstood a final push down the stretch to walk away with another victory.
Those are adding up for Utah.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and the surging Jazz held off the Chicago Bulls 102-98 on Thursday night.
The Jazz went on a 24-4 run in the third quarter to grab a nine-point lead and emerged with their 10th win in 12 games after Chicago tied it in the closing minutes.
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert each scored 17 for Utah. Mitchell hit two free throws with 19 seconds remaining, and Gobert had 12 rebounds. The Jazz also got big contributions from their bench, with their reserves outscoring the Bulls’ 36-23.
“Everybody did a little something in a given time to help us win the game,” coach Quin Snyder said. “And that’s how you win on the road and that’s how you win close games.”
Zach LaVine led Chicago with 26 points and Lauri Markkanen scored 18. Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Bulls lost for the third time in four games, but coach Jim Boylen made it clear he’s not about to change his rotation.
“We are laying the foundation and the building blocks,” he said. “We’re a new system, a new team with a new coach. I wanted to be a defensive team; we are. We need to improve our rebounding. … We need to improve offensively. I’m not going to be deterred from that mission. And I like this group of men. They work and they care. They try to represent the city. They play hard.”
The Jazz led 96-88 in the closing minutes before Chicago scored eight straight, tying it on LaVine’s 3 with 1:43 remaining.
Bogdanovic hit two free throws and Gobert dunked to make it a four-point game, before Carter made two foul shots for Chicago with 47 seconds remaining.
After Mitchell missed a 3, LaVine missed trying to draw a foul from Gobert on a wild potential tying drive. The Jazz got the rebound, and Mitchell hit two free throws with 19 seconds left for the final score.
“I hit him with the body, so I did the best I could,” LaVine said. “I didn’t just want to settle for a 3, so go in there to tie it up. It just didn’t happen. I didn’t convert a lot of those. I thought I was getting a lot of contact, but you got to go out there and make plays.”