The Bulls battled but ultimately fell to the Jazz last night in Salt Lake City, 113-106. It marked the Bulls’ sixth straight loss as their record fell to 19-28.
The Jazz (37-11) came into this one aiming for the eighth straight win overall and their 21st consecutive win at home. They achieved that on Friday night, setting a new franchise home winning-streak record.
The Jazz produced another balanced scoring attack led by Donovan Mitchell, who finished with 26 points. Bojan Bogdanovic added 19 points, as did Jordan Clarkson off the bench.
And even though the Bulls outscored the Jazz 68-40 in the paint, Rudy Gobert had an excellent game, posting double-double numbers of 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Thaddeus Young had a very efficient game for the Bulls, leading the team in scoring with 25 points on 11-17 shooting. Zach LaVine added 23 points, albeit on 22 shots, while Nikola Vucevic put up 16 points alongside eight rebounds.
Even First Half
The Bulls battled against the NBA’s best team throughout the night, especially in the first half. The Bulls’ dominance in the paint was key to their success as they extended their lead to five points midway through the second quarter courtesy of a 10-0 run led by Coby White and Patrick Williams.
But the Jazz turned it on to close out the half. A 13-4 run, led by a pair of Mike Conley three-pointers, catapulted Utah to a 58-49 halftime lead.
Bulls Battle, But Not Enough
The Bulls did not fold and continued to battle throughout the game, but the Jazz simply proved to be too much.
The Bulls opened the third quarter with a 13-4 run of their own which pulled them even with the Jazz with just under eight minutes to play in the quarter. However, the Jazz pulled away with another run punctuated by a pair of Mitchell buckets at the end of the quarter as Utah brought a 15-point lead into the fourth.
But the Bulls simply would not go away. Thad Young led the charge with 11 points in the final quarter as the Bulls cut the Utah lead to as little as three with just under a minute to play. But the Jazz hit their free throws when it mattered and the beleaguered Bulls came up just short, 113-106.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Bulls (19-28) come back to Chicago to face the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday as they attempt to stay in a playoff spot and end their six-game losing streak. Tip-off is set for 1 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.