Utah at Chicago

Bulls hold off Jazz, continue surge at home

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- -Derrick Rose certainly got Deron Williams' attention.

Rose had 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and Ben Gordon scored 26 points in the Chicago Bulls' 106-98 victory over Williams and the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

"He's (Rose) been doing it all season," Williams said. "He's a great player. He's not playing like a rookie. I don't think he's a rookie anymore. He's one of the best point guards in the league and he definitely took it over."

With Chicago down 89-85 midway through the fourth quarter, Thabo Sefolosha hit a 3-pointer to start a Chicago 13-3 run.

Rose made two free throws to give the Bulls a 93-92 lead with 4:51 left. Then on the next possession, Rose blew by Williams and CJ Miles for a layup. Gordon extended Chicago's lead with a 3 in transition to make it 98-92 with 4:05 left. Rose put the game away when he went by Williams again for a layup to make it 105-98 with 39.4 left.

Rose struggled earlier in the week. He shot 3-for-16 in an overtime loss to the Bobcats and was just 5-for-17 Wednesday night in a win against the Clippers.

Now, Rose vows to be more aggressive.

"I was relaxed a little bit, but now it's aggressive for now on," Rose said. "If they stop me, then that's what I have teammates for. If they don't I'm going to get a layup or a jump shot."

The Bulls have won five straight home games and are 10-3 at the United Center.

Mehmet Okur had 23 points and 13 rebounds for Utah, and Paul Millsap added 22 points and 10 rebounds.

"They just outworked us," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Twenty turnovers for 29 points. That pretty much is the difference in the ballgame. We got a little bit 3-point happy shooting the basketball coming down the stretch."

The Bulls were short-handed on the front line. Drew Gooden missed the game because of a sprained ankle, and Tyrus Thomas missed his second consecutive game with a concussion.

Williams finished with 19 points and six assists.

Sefolosha took advantage of increased minutes because of Chicago's injuries. He scored 10 points in 33 minutes.

"When times get tough and you don't play much, you just have to stay positive," Sefolosha said. "Sometimes you go home and think you wanted to play in that game. I feel like I could've helped them."


  • Utah F Carlos Boozer will have a third MRI on a quadriceps tendon injury that has kept him out of 17 straight games. "It may have gotten worst," Boozer said before the game. "They want to get another MRI done."
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Derrick Rose closes strong against the Jazz, scoring 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.  (AP)
Derrick Rose closes strong against the Jazz, scoring 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. (AP)
Utah (17-12) 2923271998
Chicago (13-14) «27242728106
UTA:M. Okur 23 Pts
UTA:M. Okur 13 Reb
UTA:D. Williams 6 Ast
CHI:B. Gordon 26 Pts
CHI:J. Noah 9 Reb
CHI:B. Gordon 3 Ast
Players of the Game

B. Gordon

M. Okur

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M. Okur, C417-209-10132123
P. Millsap, PF3811-140-0103522
D. Williams, PG347-163-326319
C. Miles, SG344-62-221310
R. Brewer, SG262-50-00234
A. Kirilenko, SF294-83-423111
K. Korver, SF172-51-10115
B. Knight, PG131-30-02312
M. Harpring, SF60-22-22012
R. Price, PG10-00-00000
K. Koufos, C10-00-00000
J. Collins, CDid Not Play
C. Boozer, PFDid Not Play
M. Almond, SGDid Not Play
K. Fesenko, CDid Not Play
Totals 38-7920-2233211998
A. Nocioni, SF427-150-083315
B. Gordon, SG368-177-1043126
D. Rose, PG3210-174-653324
L. Deng, SF263-112-43208
A. Gray, C122-42-24036
T. Sefolosha, SG344-60-042510
L. Hughes, SG324-92-242310
J. Noah, PF202-60-09044
L. Hunter, SG71-40-01123
M. Ruffin, CDid Not Play
D. Gooden, PFDid Not Play
K. Hinrich, PGDid Not Play
C. Simmons, SFDid Not Play
T. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
Totals 41-8917-24421624106
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Orl 106
GS 110 Final
Char 103
Ind 95 Final
Phi 94
Sac 90 Final
NO 99
Hou 109 Final
Min 102
Miami 106 Final
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Mil 119
Tor 97 Final
SA 107
Den 101 Final
Pho 108