Bulls-Jazz: Derrick Rose Dazzles Utah in Wild West Shootout
“Bulls win! Bulls win! Bulls win!” shouted Chuck Swirsky, the Bulls' play-by-play announcer as time expired in Utah.
Derrick Rose had a phenomenal fourth quarter and carried the team to a fantastic and much needed win in Utah.
The Bulls found themselves leading after the first two quarters of play 53-45. That lead quickly diminished in the start of the third as the turnover monster attacked Chicago and Utah was able to make a run.
Utah outscored Chicago 30-19 in the third quarter and found themselves trailing the ailing Jazz 75-72.
Then, as if a switch were turned on inside the Bulls, Rose and the team started to play fast basketball. Rose, Andres Nocioni, Ben Gordon, Drew Gooden, and a slew of other Bulls started hitting shots and making the most out of each possession.
The fouls started coming for both teams and shooting from the free throw line became a factor as well. Rose was four-for-four from the line and also hit his one and only three-pointer he took.
Larry Hughes added 16 points and five rebounds, going two-for-three from behind the arc.
The noise filling EnergySolutions Arena gave the feeling of a playoff game. The close, fast paced game saw the score going back and forth between the teams.
Rose and Andrei Kirilenko traded layups in the final minute of the game in an attempt to seal the deal for their respective team.
Rose had 10 points and nine assists in the fourth quarter.
However, neither Rose nor Kirilenko hit the game winning shot. After Kirilenko hit a jump shot with under five seconds left on the clock, Rose dribbled the ball down the court and pulled up for a jumper of his own.
He missed his mark and the ball flew into the hands of Larry Hughes for a long offensive rebound.
With 2.8 seconds remaining on the clock, Hughes threw up the 22-foot prayer and swished it to seal the deal for Chicago 101-100.
The Jazz were playing without five of their key players, but were previously undefeated at home thus far in the season.
The Jazz also are now 0-5 when allowing teams to score over 100 points.
Chicago moves to 7-8 on the season and has its second road win on this Circus Road Trip.
The Bulls face off against San Antonio on Wednesday, Nov. 26 in San Antonio.
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