Bulls beat Jazz for 4th straight victory

first_imgChicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, left, celebrates with Denzel Valentine after the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 103-100 in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — Nikola Mirotic is smiling again. The shots are falling. All the weightlifting work he did in the summer is paying off. The Chicago Bulls are winning.That infamous practice fight is beginning to fade into the background.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Robin Lopez added 16 points for Chicago (7-20), and Dunn finished with 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Portis scored each of his nine points in the fourth after he got off to a slow start.Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 32 points on 15-for-26 shooting, but the Jazz (13-15) dropped their fourth straight game. Rodney Hood scored 15 points after missing the previous seven games with left ankle soreness.“We’ve got to play better on the defensive end,” coach Quin Snyder said. “We’ve been here before, as far as the ball not going in. We have to be more stingy. We didn’t have that tonight.”Dunn was 6 for 18 from the field, but he made a couple of big plays down the stretch. He connected with 1:39 to go to make it 98-94 Bulls. After Mitchell responded with a driving layup, Dunn made a stepback jumper over Alec Burks to restore the Bulls’ four-point advantage.“I believe in my game,” Dunn said. “The coaching staff believes in me, my teammates do. There’s going to be times where there’s going to be bad games, I understand that, but I am going to keep fighting.”ADVERTISEMENT Jazz: Visit Boston on Friday night. The Jazz dropped both of their games against the Celtics last season.Bulls: Visit Milwaukee on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Dunn, David Nwaba and Justin Holiday each missed a foul shot in the final seconds, giving Utah one more chance. But Mitchell missed a running 3-point try as time expired.“I rushed it,” Mitchell said. “I should have shot it with two hands, first of all. I should have shot it like a regular pull-up.”Ricky Rubio added 14 points for Utah, which has dropped the first two on a six-game road trip. Burks finished with 13 points.“We can’t do it in spurts,” Hood said. “If we can’t sustain it over 48 minutes, we’re not going to win.”Utah trailed by as many 12 in the second quarter, but closed the half with a 17-6 run and kept up its solid play at the start of the third. Jonas Jerebko’s reverse layup with 7:06 left gave the Jazz a 63-58 lead, leading to a timeout by the Bulls.TIP-INSJazz: It was Mitchell’s third game of his rookie season with at least 31 points. … G/F Joe Johnson has been sidelined since Oct. 30 because of right wrist tendon instability, but he could return soon. “He can’t have contact in practice, but he’s been doing non-contact stuff in practice,” Snyder said. “It’s a question of sooner rather than later.” … G Raul Neto was held out due to a concussion. Neto left in the first quarter of Saturday night’s 117-100 loss at Milwaukee.Bulls: Holiday finished with 12 points. … Portis was 0 for 5 from the field in 16 minutes heading into the final period. He scored a career-high 23 points in Monday night’s 108-85 victory over Boston. … Each of Chicago’s starters scored in double figures for the fourth time this season.MISSINGChicago played without rookie forward Lauri Markkanen, who missed his second straight game due to back spasms. Markkanen, who is averaging 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, was originally listed in the starting lineup, but was replaced by Mirotic shortly before the game.UP NEXT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mirotic scored 29 points, Kris Dunn hit a clutch jumper with 22 seconds left and the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 103-100 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.“I think right now, Niko has brought a confidence to this team,” coach Fred Hoiberg said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMirotic made 11 of 18 shots from the field and grabbed nine rebounds in his best performance since he returned last week after missing the start of the season with facial fractures. The 6-foot-10 forward got hurt in a fight with teammate Bobby Portis, throwing the future of both players in question, but the Bulls are perfect since Mirotic returned to the court.“We are enjoying playing the basketball together,” Mirotic said. “You can see good chemistry. The guys on the bench, they are all yelling, they’ve been happy. So I think after (what) we all get through, this team deserves it.” Irving’s 33 lifts Celtics past Nuggets LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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