DeRozan scores 32 as Bulls hand Jazz first loss, 107-99 – Cache Valley Daily

LaVine, playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb, scored eight in the fourth quarter. Vucevic finished with 16 points — despite shooting 4 of 19 — and 12 rebounds, and the Bulls (5-1) bounced back from a one-point loss to New York two nights earlier.

“You’re trying to build out an identity of how you want to play,” coach Billy Donovan said. “This was the most consistent game I thought we’ve played to an identity. I thought we ran consistently.”

The Bulls swarmed Utah, turning 20 turnovers into 25 points, with Jazz guard Mike Conley resting.

Mitchell scored 30, though he shot just 9 of 27 while committing six turnovers. Gobert added 17 points and 19 rebounds. But the Jazz lost after winning their first four games.

“Tonight, we were just reckless with the ball,” Mitchell said. “I think just mental mistakes played into a lot of it. When we got into our stuff, it looked good and it looked fluid. But I think the biggest thing is just being able to play through the pressure — physical pressure, I mean.”


The Bulls bridged the third and fourth quarters with an 18-5 run to turn a four-point game into a 94-77 edge.

A three-point play by Utah’s Jordan Clarkson momentarily halted the momentum. But Mitchell got called for a technical after missing a layup. LaVine hit the free throw, then nailed a 3 and cut backdoor for an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Lonzo Ball that made it 94-77 with 6:50 left.


Jazz coach Quin Snyder turned 55 on Saturday.


Though he credited LaVine for playing through his injury, Donovan said his star is not his usual self. LaVine, meanwhile, said he plans to keep playing as long as he is medically cleared.

“If I’m good to go, I’m gonna still go out there and play,” he said. “Just adjusting to it. Just adjusting to it. Hey, I’m good. I’m not gonna sit out any games if I can go out there and compete with my teammates.”


Jazz: The Jazz shot just 38% and made 11 of 38 3-pointers. … Clarkson scored 16, though he was just 5 of 19 from the field. … The Jazz opted to hold out Conley with the team visiting defending champion Milwaukee on Sunday.

Bulls: Chicago was 5 of 21 on 3s. … Donovan said F Patrick Williams was “still probably a little bit shocked” that he will miss four to six months because of torn ligaments in his left wrist. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 draft, he will need surgery to repair the injury sustained Thursday against the New York Knicks. Williams’ injury is another blow for a team already down one important young player, with G Coby White — the No. 7 pick in 2019 — recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. “I think their development, especially with a veteran group, would have been real important,” Donovan said.


Jazz: Visit Milwaukee on Sunday.

Bulls: Visit Boston on Monday.

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