Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert led the way for the Utah Jazz as they defeated the Chicago Bulls on Monday night by a score of 120-95. This victory pushed Utah’s record to an NBA-best 31-11.
Mitchell scored 30 points to lead the way for the Jazz while Gobert added 21 points, pulled in ten rebounds, and added a career-high nine blocks.
All-Star Zach LaVine led the Bulls in scoring with 27 points, albeit on 10-25 shooting. Thaddeus Young just missed a double-double, scoring 14 points and hauling in nine rebounds.
The Jazz came into this one with the NBA’s best record. Bright, young talent Donovan Mitchell is enjoying another excellent season while Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles boast the second-highest field-goal and three-point field-goal percentages in the league, respectively.
The Bulls entered the contest just 3-4 post All-Star break as the young squad aims to make the playoffs this season. Garrett Temple remained sidelined due to an ankle injury.
Bulls Start Strong But Fade Away
The Bulls came out of the gates strong, something we’ve been accustomed to most of the season. They led the Jazz through nearly the entire first quarter, holding Utah to just 35% shooting from the field.
It was the Bulls’ main man Zach LaVine who led the way for the Bulls in the opening frame, posting eight points in the quarter. But Donovan Mitchell kept the Jazz within arm’s length as the Bulls could not extend their lead past five points. Mitchell scored ten points for the Jazz, who went on a 9-0 run to end the first quarter and take the lead, one which they would not relinquish.
Mitchell ended up posting 21 points in the first half alone while the Bulls shot just 35% in the opening half, which led to a 14-point Chicago deficit heading into the locker room.
Utah Heats Up From the Floor
The Jazz continued to extend their lead over the Bulls in the second half, outscoring Chicago in each of the last two quarters.
Both Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles were perfect from the field in the second half as the Jazz shot 56% from the field, including a 5-10 clip from beyond the arc in the third quarter.
The Bulls did not shoot poorly in the second half, evidenced by a 46% clip from the field, but they simply could not make a run while playing rather poor defense against an efficient Jazz team. The closest the Bulls got throughout the second half was 16 points, making for an extremely boring and sad game.
What’s On Tap Next
The Bulls (19-23) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-27) at the United Center on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 PM CDT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.