Okur, Jazz hold off Bulls
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur poured in 20 points and
Derek Fisher added 19 as the Utah Jazz hung on to beat the Chicago Bulls,
Deron Williams scored 18 points and dished out 13 assists for the Jazz, who
are riding a three-game winning streak. Matt Harpring also donated 13 points
and nine boards, while Gordan Giricek contributed 12 points in the effort.
Kirk Hinrich had a game-high 26 points for the Bulls, who are 2-2 in the
middle of a seven-game road trip but had won five of six coming into the
contest. Luol Deng scored 23 points, Chris Duhon chipped in 14 off the bench,
Ben Gordon ended with 11, and P.J. Brown scored 10 points. Ben Wallace also
pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Trailing 57-43, Chicago bounced back in the third quarter, outscoring Utah by
a 21-14 margin.
An 11-5 stretch spanned the first six minutes, as the Bulls trailed just
63-54. Deng’s jumper then pulled Chicago within nine, 69-60, at 3:03, while
a free throw sent his team into the fourth quarter trailing 71-64.
The Bulls made a game of it down the stretch, trailing just 88-82 inside of
three minutes remaining.
Duhon then hit back-to-back three pointers for Chicago, which faced only a
three-point deficit, 93-90, with 1:20 to play.
Utah finally put the nail in the coffin on its next trip down the court, as
Okur’s trey extended the lead to 96-90 at 1:01.
The Jazz finally went up by eight with only seven seconds remaining, as
Chicago’s comeback fell short.
Utah also got the best of its opponent on the boards, with 40 rebounds to
The Bulls stormed out of the gate at the start, grabbing a 22-12 lead with
2:30 remaining in the opening quarter. Brown and Deng both had six points to
lead the surge before the Jazz answered with a 12-3 run.
Williams’ jump shot started Utah’s comeback, and the dynamic guard later
capped the spurt on a three-pointer with six seconds remaining in the stanza,
as the Jazz trailed 25-24 heading to the second quarter.
Utah then took control of the game, outscoring the Bulls 33-18 on its way to
opening a 57-43 halftime lead.
The Jazz scored the first ten points in the second, and later took a 39-29
lead on Fisher’s four-point effort as he banked a jump shot off the glass
before connecting on a pair from the charity stripe with 7:28 remaining until
The Bulls pulled within six on Deng’s short jumper at 5:53, but Utah cruised
to the half by outscoring Chicago 8-2 over the final two minutes.
Utah made 50 percent (37-of-74) of its shots, while Chicago finished at 40
percent (26-of-65)…The Bulls converted on 37-of-47 shots from the charity
stripe…Chicago’s Andres Nocioni did not play due to a foot injury…The Jazz
are 12-7 against teams from the East.