CHICAGO – The Jazz answered a big run with one of their own and withstood a final push down the stretch to walk away with another victory.
Those are adding up for Utah.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points, and the surging Jazz held off the Bulls, 102-98, on Thursday night.
The Jazz went on a 24-4 run in the third quarter to grab a nine-point lead and emerged with their 10th win in 12 games after the Bulls tied it in the closing minutes.
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert each scored 17 for Utah. Mitchell hit two free throws with 19 seconds remaining, and Gobert had 12 rebounds. The Jazz also got big contributions from their bench, with their reserves outscoring the Bulls’, 36-23.
“Everybody did a little something in a given time to help us win the game,” coach Quin Snyder said. “And that’s how you win on the road, and that’s how you win close games.”
Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 26 points, and Lauri Markkanen scored 18. Wendell Carter Jr. added 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Bulls lost for the third time in four games, but coach Jim Boylen made it clear he’s not about to change his rotation.
“We are laying the foundation and the building blocks,” he said. “We’re a new system, a new team with a new coach. I wanted to be a defensive team; we are. We need to improve our rebounding. ... We need to improve offensively. I’m not going to be deterred from that mission. And I like this group of men. They work, and they care. They try to represent the city. They play hard.”
The Jazz led, 96-88, in the closing minutes before the Bulls scored eight straight, tying it on LaVine’s 3 with 1:43 remaining.
Bogdanovic hit two free throws, and Gobert dunked to make it a four-point game before Carter made two foul shots for the Bulls with 47 seconds remaining.
After Mitchell missed a 3, LaVine missed trying to draw a foul from Gobert on a wild, potentially tying drive. The Jazz got the rebound, and Mitchell hit two free throws with 19 seconds left for the final score.
“I hit him with the body, so I did the best I could,” LaVine said. “I didn’t just want to settle for a 3, so go in there to tie it up. It just didn’t happen. I didn’t convert a lot of those. I thought I was getting a lot of contact, but you got to go out there and make plays.”
Tip-ins: Forward Chandler Hutchison (right shoulder) missed his 16th consecutive game, although he and Boylen said the second-year pro was healthy. Hutchison has not played since Nov. 27. ... LaVine said his left ankle was sore after he turned it during the game.
Big Runs: The Bulls bridged the second and third quarters with a 15-0 run that gave them a 58-47 lead. But the Jazz responded with that 24-4 spurt.
They scored 12 straight, capped by a 3-pointer from Mitchell. The Bulls were up, 62-61, when Utah reeled off another 10 in a row, with Georges Niang nailing a 3 to make it 71-62.
“We did as good a job as we have all year just staying together and staying connected at both ends even when things weren’t easy,” Snyder said.
Stern tribute: There was a moment of silence before the game for longtime NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage Dec. 12.
Up next: The Bulls host Boston on Saturday.