Final Score: Utah 89, Chicago 83 (OT)
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Marvin Williams scored 17 points with
nine rebounds while Richard Jefferson and Gordon Heyward scored 15 points
apiece as the Utah Jazz defeated the Chicago Bulls, 89-83, in overtime on
Rookie Trey Burke scored 14 points, and none were bigger than his 3-pointer in
overtime that put the Jazz up 83-78.
Utah, which snapped a six-game skid, squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth
quarter as the Bulls locked down on defense and forced the extra stanza. Both
teams had chances to win it in their final possession of regulation but
neither connected on their attempts.
Carlos Boozer had a game-high 26 points with 16 rebounds and Luol Deng also
chipped in with a double-double, scoring 24 points with 10 boards.
"Richard and Marvin I thought did a tremendous job of just keeping everybody
going and focused on what we needed to do, to close the game out," said Utah
head coach Tyrone Corbin.
The Bulls learned earlier in the day that they would once again be without
star point guard Derrick Rose for the remainder of the season. Rose underwent
surgery on Monday for a meniscus tear in his right knee.
Chicago, losers in four straight, roared back to take its first lead since
early in the first quarter when Tony Snell knocked down two free throws to
give the Bulls 69-68 advantage midway through the fourth quarter. The two
teams then locked in for a seesaw affair after that.
Deng made a free throw with 52.2 seconds left in the fourth to give Chicago a
77-75 lead. Jefferson answered with a three-point play eight seconds later.
Jefferson caught a pass from Heyward, got bumped by Dunleavy as he drove to
the basket, and received continuation from the refs as he hit the running
jumper. His free throw put the Jazz up 78-77.
Joakim Noah was fouled at the other end and made 1-of-2 free throws to tie the
game with 32.2 ticks remaining.
After a pair of free throws from Jefferson a minute into overtime broke the
tie, Burke came off a Williams pick and drilled a trey at the top of the key
with 3:11 to play.
Utah iced it when Heyward came off a Jeremy Evans pick, and Evans rolled to
the basket to find a lob from Heyward that he slammed home to give the Jazz an
85-78 lead at 1:25 remaining.
"We struggled to score early," said Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau. "We
fought to get out of the hole. We were in position to win down the stretch and
didn't get it done."
The Jazz built a 23-18 lead after one quarter and proceeded to hold the Bulls
to 14 points in the second stanza for a 40-32 advantage at the break.
The 32 points was a season-low for Chicago in a half.
Noah was the only other Bull in double figures with 10 points. He also had 10
rebounds ... Chicago is 1-7 on the road this season ... The Bulls shot 1-of-13
(7.7 percent) from beyond the arc while Utah shot 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from
three ... Chicago continues its six-game road trip with a meeting in Detroit
against the Pistons on Wednesday ... Utah hosts Phoenix in the first of a
home-and-home on Friday.
11/26 01:16:56 ET
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