Utah Jazz vs. Chicago Bulls: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago

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Utah Jazz vs. Chicago Bulls: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Chicago
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In a matchup of potential playoff teams, the Chicago Bulls triumphed over the Utah Jazz by a score of 89-88. The game was not decided until the final possession, when Jimmy Butler hauled in a rebound off a Gordon Hayward miss. 

With the win, Chicago improved to 35-27 on the season and is four games behind the Indiana Pacers in the Central Division. 

Entering the game, the Bulls were trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since November. 

Chicago played without Derrick Rose, as the Memphis product is waiting until he is 100 percent healthy both mentally and physically to make his return.  

Al Jefferson returned to game action against the Bulls, as the talented center missed Utah's last three games due to an ankle injury. Joakim Noah struggled to contain Jefferson and was in serious foul trouble for the majority of the game. 

Chicago was overzealous on defense at times, as the Jazz found success employing the pump fake to free up open looks. 

The Jazz have been terrible on the road this season, as evidenced by the 10-21 road record they brought into the game. The United Center hasn't been much of an advantage for the Bulls this season, with the team compiling a 18-14 record after Friday night's result. 

With Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton and Taj Gibson missing the game due to injury, the Bulls were forced to use a limited rotation. The starters were worked even harder Friday night, as every starter had logged over 30 minutes by the end of the third quarter. 

The Bulls played great defense down the stretch in order to win the game, although, a clutch three-pointer from Marco Belinelli certainly didn't hurt the winning effort. 

Let's take a look at how the Bulls graded out in Friday night's matchup. 

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