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Bulls report: Getting inside

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Roster · Notes, quotes · Getting inside
 

The Bulls will be working hard to prevent their first three-game losing streak of the season on Wednesday at Utah. But this contest has some obvious, additional storylines.

It will be the return of three former Jazz players now with the Bulls -- forwards Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver, along with guard Ronnie Brewer.

Boozer figures to be the least popular of the three since he signed the biggest contract after bolting Utah as a free agent.

"I had a blast, man. I learned a lot," Boozer said of his six seasons with the Jazz. "I have so much respect for that organization. I miss my teammates, at times, and I root for those guys. I want them to do really well."

Korver also left as a free agent, but Utah traded Brewer to Memphis last February, so he's the one player in this group who didn't willingly leave the Jazz.

"There's a lot of great memories there," Korver said. "It's definitely one I've had circled for a long while."

This is the first meeting this season between the Bulls and Jazz. Point guard Deron Williams remains Utah's most dangerous player. He's averaging 21.9 points and 9.5 assists this season. The Jazz is just 4-9 since Jan. 17.

BLAZERS 109, BULLS 103: Guard Derrick Rose scored 36 points, but the Bulls couldn't slow down Portland center LaMarcus Aldridge when it mattered. Aldridge scored at will down the stretch to produce a career-high 42 points as the Bulls lost 109-103 on Monday at the Rose Garden. The score was tied 50-50 at halftime, but the Bulls couldn't knock down any jumpers at the start of the third quarter and fell behind by 9. They closed within 1 point on two occasions early in the fourth quarter. After Rose brought the Bulls within 91-87 on a lane drive and power slam with 4:23 left, Aldridge scored 11 straight points for the Blazers. Forward Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who were outscored at the foul line 37-11.

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