Jazz beat Bulls for franchise-record 21st straight home win
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls 113-106 on Friday night for their 21st straight victory at home, a franchise record.
Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 13 rebounds as Utah (37-11) won its eighth in a row overall despite getting outscored 68-40 in the paint. Jordan Clarkson scored 19 off the bench. Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points and a season-high eight rebounds.
Thaddeus Young scored 25 points to lead the Bulls. Zach LaVine added 23 and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Chicago (19-28) dropped its sixth consecutive game, with losses to Utah bookending the streak.
After trailing by 11 late in the second quarter, the Bulls tied it at 62 on a pull-up 3-pointer from LaVine early in the third. LaVine’s basket finished off a 13-4 surge to open the period.
Bogdanovic scored back-to-back baskets to keep Chicago from taking the lead. He added two more in a 16-4 spurt that put the Jazz back up 78-66.
The Bulls rallied again in the fourth quarter and cut Utah’s lead to 109-106 on a 3 from Vucevic with 26.7 seconds left. Mitchell and Royce O’Neale each drained a pair of free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
Chicago pressured the rim throughout the first half and it paid off. The Bulls scored eight straight baskets and 19 of their first 20 overall in the paint. They totaled 38 points in the paint in the first half alone.
Attacking the rim helped Chicago carve out a 41-36 lead midway through the second quarter on the strength of a 10-0 run. Patrick Williams and Coby White punctuated the spree with back-to-back baskets.
It was not enough to hold off the Jazz once Utah heated up from the perimeter. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Mike Conley and a tip-in by Mitchell over three straight possessions capped off a 20-4 run that gave Utah a 58-47 lead just before halftime.
Bulls: White returned from a two-game absence (left cervical pain). He finished with four points and three assists in 24 minutes. … Chicago allowed zero fast-break points in the first half.
Jazz: Clarkson has made at least one 3-pointer in 74 straight games after hitting three against the Bulls. … Utah shot 24 of 26 from the free throw line.
Bulls: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
Jazz: Host the Orlando Magic on Saturday.
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