Bulls get the road win in Utah.
Despite 32 points from Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, the Chicago Bulls came away from the EnergySolutions Arena with the 93-89 win on Friday night.
Carlos Boozer returned to his old ball club and duly delivered, scoring a team high of 19 points with 5 rebounds and two assists to boot, and ended the Bulls’ six-game road trip in positive fashion.
Boozer played an integral part in the win late on, scoring 11 straight points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, going on a personal run of 9-2 to get the Bulls past the Jazz.
The bench also played their part for the Bulls, with Taj Gibson (14 points) and Marco Belinelli (9 points) outscoring their opponents 23-19.
It was a real team effort from Tom Thibodeau’s men with five players in double figures. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah had 10 and 11 rebounds respectively, while Nate Robinson contributed 18 points.
However, it was Gibson who was arguably the best player for the Bulls on the night, providing a massive presence at both ends and also adding 14 points.
The Bulls now move on to host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, hoping to consolidate their fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. With Derrick Rose touted to return after the All-Star break next weekend, the United Center are counting down the hours until the ‘Windy City assassin’ returns.
For the Jazz, they take on the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, hoping to bounce back from this latest setback.