Game 47: Chicago Bulls (26-21) lose to Utah Jazz (22-25), 105-96
February 1, 2016
Vivint Smart Home Arena – Salt Lake City
The Bulls and Jazz were closely matched for most of the game. They traded baskets in the first quarter and had to resort to overtime to decide the game. In the second quarter, however, both teams made runs to shift the momentum of the game in each team’s favor.
The Jazz went on a 14-0 run in the second quarter to take the 40-31 lead, but the Bulls responded quickly with a 10-0 run of their own.
But that was about it. Neither team really took control of the game until the end of the fourth quarter. The Bulls appeared to have secured the win when Derrick Rose made a 3-pointer with 18 seconds to go, but the Bulls failed themselves.
Gordon Hayward drew a foul from Jimmy Butler, made the first free throw but missed the second one. The Bulls, however, didn’t get the rebound off the missed shot, giving the Jazz to tie the game up at 93, and Hayward did just that, forcing overtime.
By that time, the Jazz had all of the momentum, and the Bulls fell apart.
Player of the Game
Hayward struggled to score at first, but he really got going once he found his shot. He led all scorers with 27 points on 9-of-20 from the field, 1-of-6 on threes and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe. He also had a near triple-double, adding 12 rebounds and seven assists.
The Bulls failed to make any of their field goal attempts in overtime, scoring all three of their points off of free throws. Meanwhile, the Jazz used their momentum from the fourth quarter to score 12 overtime points and take the win.
The Jazz’s big men got the best of the Bulls’ bigs, outrebounding them 50-42. Utah’s Hayward and Rudy Gobert each had 12 rebounds to lead all players while Taj Gibson was the only Bulls to get double digit rebounding numbers at 11.
The Bulls fell short in the paint, scoring 34 points to the Jazz’s whopping 50 points in the paint.
Matchup of the Game Result
Jimmy Butler versus Gordon Hayward
Hayward just beat out Butler, who scored 26 points, to be the game’s leading scorer and also posted a double-double. Butler came close, though, adding seven rebounds and six assists to his stat line.
The Bulls will be back in California on Wednesday to take on the Sacramento Kings at 9 p.m. central.
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