The Utah Jazz (23-21) finished a home back-to-back at 2-0 as they ran away from the Chicago Bulls (10-33) in the fourth quarter. After entering the final frame down 82-81, the Jazz defense put the clamps down on the Bulls en route to putting the game away with a 29-20 quarter.
Donovan Mitchell stayed hot, racking up his third straight game of over 30 points with 34 on 24 shots, though he was just 4-of-13 from beyond the arc. He also added six rebounds, six assists and two blocks. In the two games prior to his current streak, he also scored 26 in each. Suffice it to say he’s well on his way to putting his early season struggles behind him.
Rookie Grayson Allen was able to return from an ankle injury to alleviate some of the point guard load amid the injuries at the position. It was Allen’s first appearance since December 12 in Miami. He was a team-worst -10, but did contribute 7 points and tallied his first career block.
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Ah yes, Rudy Gobert. The Stifle Tower finished just two dimes away from a triple double with 15 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. He was a +19 in a team-high 40 minutes, but Utah’s interior defense wasn’t up to its usual performance. However, it says a lot about the progression of Rudy’s game that he was maybe the Jazz’s most important player on a night when Chicago scored 54 points in the paint.
This game also included a couple of milestones for the Jazz. Kyle Korver finished the night with 16 points on 4-of-8 3-point shots. That puts him at 2,284 made 3s in his career, passing Jason Terry for 4th all-time and one shy of Stephen Curry for 3rd (until the Warriors tip off tomorrow night). This was also Quin Snyder’s 200th win on the Jazz sideline.
Utah is now just .5 game back of the Los Angeles Lakers (23-20) for the No. 8 seed in the West, having won three straight and five of their last six. The Jazz will wrap their four game home stand Monday night against the Detroit Pistons.