The Chicago Bulls were able to hold off a comeback by the Utah Jazz on Friday night, 93-89.
The Bulls gained an early advantage in the first half and staked themselves to a 58-50 lead, but a dreadful 11-point third quarter allowed the Jazz to pull back to even heading into the fourth quarter.
With the help of Carlos Boozer and his 11-point effort in the final frame, the Bulls were able to edge out the Jazz despite a valiant effort from Al Jefferson, who finished with a game-high 32 points.
Utah was downright bad from beyond the arc in this game.
The Jazz shot 25 percent from long range (4-of-16), which spoiled a decent showing overall from the field (47 percent). An 11-of-17 performance from the charity stripe also made things harder on Utah.
Chicago put up solid numbers from beyond the arc (5-of-12) while shooting 45 percent from the field in total. The Bulls had no problem making their free throws after shooting at a near 90 percent clip.
Boozer's huge fourth quarter left him with a team-high 19 points. Nate Robinson continues to impress this season, as he added 18 points and nine assists. Luol Deng finished with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 boards.
Player of the Game: Carlos Boozer
Boozer was the difference in this game with his stellar play down the stretch.
The Bulls forward scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter when it mattered most, and that more than overshadowed the fact that he only grabbed five rebounds in 32 minutes.
Boozer also added two assists and one steal to his totals in the winning effort.
What's Next for Chicago
After snapping a two-game skid with a win over the Jazz, the Bulls will look to win their second game in a row when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
What's Next for Utah
The Jazz will have a great chance to rebound from their loss to the Bulls when they head to Sacramento on Saturday night to take on one of the worst teams in the NBA: the Kings.