CHICAGO extended its win streak to four after surviving a brickfest against Utah, 85-77, at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Jimmy Butler finished with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds and Dwyane Wade saved his best for last, scoring eight of his 18 markers in the fourth quarter, to lead the Bulls to victory despite shooting 36.7 percent from the field.
Chicago shot worse in the first half with just a 28.8 percent clip yet trailed only by two, 41-43, at the break before starting the third with a 8-0 run to take the lead. The Bulls also locked down on defense, forcing Utah to just 5-of20 shooting in the period, as the Bulls took 66-58 lead into the final frame.
Wade then sparked a 9-0 run to start fourth and build their biggest lead to 17. But Utah countered with a 12-3 rally to cut it back to eight midway through the period. Both teams traded misses for the next three minutes, making just 2-of-9 field goals combined in that stretch.
After a Rudy Gobert putback brought the Jazz within five, 77-82, Jimmy Butler scored on a jumper and a split from the stripe to close out the ugly win as the Jazz missed their final three attempts.
Robin Lopez also had a double double for the Bulls, now with an 8-4 record, as he finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Jazz, who shot a bit better than the Bulls with 38.5 percent, were led by Gobert with 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Dante Exum and Rodney Hood had 14 and 12 markers, respectively, but combined for 10-of-28 from the floor. Gordon Hayward struggled for his points , finishing with just eight markers on 3-of-15 from the field.