Jazz Hold Off Bulls For 102-98 Win

Zach LaVine scored 26 points but missed a game-tying shot attempt late.

Associated Press
January 02, 2020 - 10:46 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and the surging Utah 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 came away 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.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 26 points and Lauri Markkanen scored 18. Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points and 13 rebounds but the Bulls lost for the third time in four games.

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 drove for a dunk to make it a four-point game, before Carter made two free throws for Chicago with 47 seconds remaining.

After Mitchell missed a 3, LaVine missed on a wild drive. The Jazz got the rebound, and Mitchell hit two free throws with 19 seconds left for the final score.

The Bulls bridged the second and third quarters with a 15-0 run that gave them a 58-47 lead. But the Jazz responded with that 24-4 spurt.

They scored 12 straight, capped by a 3-pointer from Mitchell. Chicago was up 62-61 when Utah reeled off another 10 in a row, with Georges Niang nailing a 3 to make it 71-62.

STERN TRIBUTE

There was a moment of silence before the game for longtime NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Gobert got shaken up attempting a third-quarter layup when Chicago's Daniel Gafford came from behind and hit him in the head, resulting in a flagrant foul.

Bulls: F Chandler Hutchison (right shoulder) missed his 16th consecutive game, though he and coach Jim Boylen said the second-year pro was healthy. Hutchison has not played since Nov. 27.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Visit Orlando Magic on Saturday.

Bulls: Host Boston Celtics on Saturday.

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