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Led by former Jazz men, Bulls win over Jazz
by Greg Lowe
Mar 10, 2012 | 1015 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the Utah Jazz, tonight’s game against the red hot Chicago Bulls offered a chance at redemption. A win over the Bulls would have returned the team to a .500 record and turned a difficult five game road trip into an unexpected success. In the end, however, the proficient play of three former Jazz men proved to be more than Utah could handle.

Due to injuries on their team, former Jazz players Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, and Ronnie Brewer all found themselves in tonight’s starting lineup. The three players combined for an impressive 64 points, all finishing above their season averages for points. Korver alone scored 27 points, a season high for the former Jazz sharpshooter. “Kyle got his confidence going,” said Paul Millsap after the game. “He seemed like he couldn’t miss tonight.”

With both Joakim Noah and Luol Deng out due to sickness and injury, Jazz big men Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap had hoped to be able to dominate the frontcourt. The duo went to work early, combining for 14 points in the first quarter. Millsap carried his team throughout the game, finishing with a team high 26 points, complemented by 4 steals.

The Jazz’ second unit could not sustain the same level of play, however, and allowed Chicago to open up a healthy lead during the second quarter. With both Earl Watson and Gordon Hayward filling voids in the starting lineup, the Jazz bench was somewhat depleted and struggled throughout the night. Overall, the bench contributed only 27 points on the night.

Five Utah turnovers in the third quarter helped contribute to a 31-point third quarter for the Bulls, who opened up a large lead to start the second half. After the game, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin pointed to the run as a turning point: “That third quarter, for them to go 12 for 14 in that quarter, is difficult to overcome.”

Even an impressive 34-point fourth quarter was not enough to get the Jazz back in the game. With 32 points of their own, the Chicago Bulls matched every attack mounted by the Jazz. Scoring 7 points and dishing out 7 assists in the fourth quarter, reigning MVP Derrick Rose skillfully closed out the game and sealed a victory for his team.

Unable to find the redemption they were looking for, the Jazz finish their five game road trip 2-3 and drop two games below .500. The team will look to recover from the disappointing road trip as it plays three of its next four games at home, beginning with a matchup against the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Game Notes

Raja Bell did not travel with the Utah Jazz. The team cited an internal team matter as the reason.

Devin Harris missed the game due to the stomach flu.

Luol Deng missed the game with a left wrist injury.

Joakim Noah missed the game due to the stomach flu.

Richard Hamilton missed the game due to an injury to his right shoulder.

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