DeRozan scores 32 points as Bulls win Jazz’s first loss, 107-99

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Mitchell scores 30 points, Gobert adds 17 points and 19 rebounds for Utah in the loss.

(Matt Marton | AP) Utah Jazz goalie Donovan Mitchell (45) takes on Chicago Bulls goalie Alex Caruso, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Chicago.

Chicago • DeMar DeRozan scored a season high with 32 points, Zach LaVine added 26 and the Chicago Bulls handed the Utah Jazz their first loss, 107-99 on Saturday night.

The Bulls took a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter and hung on after the Jazz pulled out in the final five minutes.

Utah’s Donovan Mitchell had two free throws to bring him down to 100-95 with 1:39 to go. Nikola Vucevic responded with a 3 for Chicago and, after Rudy Gobert scored for Jazz, laid up to bring the score to 105-97 with just under a minute to go.

DeRozan, whose previous record was 26 points, made 13 of 22 shots.

LaVine, playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb, scored eight in the fourth quarter. Vucevic finished with 16 points – despite 4 of 19 shots – and 12 rebounds, and the Bulls (5-1) knocked out the NBA’s only undefeated team.

Mitchell scored 30 for Utah. Gobert added 17 points and 19 rebounds. But the Jazz lost after winning their first four games.

The Bulls bridged the third and fourth quarters with an 18-5 run to turn a four-point game into a 94-77 advantage.

A three-point play from Utah’s Jordan Clarkson momentarily interrupted the momentum. But Mitchell was called in for a technique after missing a layup. LaVine hit the free throw, then hit a 3 and cut the backdoor for an alley-oop dunk on a Lonzo Ball feed that made it 94-77 with 6:50 left.

Mitchell scored 22 in the first half as the Jazz came down from 11 to take a 57-54 lead.

They were trailing 40-29 early in the second quarter after a 15-5 run marked by a swarming defense and 10 points from DeRozan. But they outscored the Bulls 16-4 in the final 4.5 minutes to go from nine to three.

Mitchell scored eight in that streak, making three free throws after being knocked down by LaVine to put Utah atop 55-54 with 1:40 to go. Gobert added a hook with just over a minute to go at the half.

ADVICE

Jazz: Jordan Clarkson scored 16, when he was only 5 of 19 on the field. … The Jazz chose to hold G Mike Conley with the team visiting defending champion Milwaukee on Sunday.

Bulls: Coach Billy Donovan said F Patrick Williams was “probably still a little shocked” that he was missing four to six months due to torn ligaments in his left wrist. The number 4 pick in the 2020 draft, he will have to undergo surgery to repair the injury suffered Thursday against the New York Knicks. Williams’ injury is another big blow for a team that has already lost an important young player, with G Coby White – the No.7 pick in 2019 – recovering from shoulder surgery in the offseason. “I think their development, especially with a veteran group, would have been very important,” Donovan said.

FOLLOWING

Jazz: Visit Milwaukee on Sundays.

Bulls: Visit Boston on Monday.


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