Utah Jazz: Bulls the latest team to rip the Jazz's hearts out with an 89-88 win over Utah
"I ain't going to say a lucky shot, a tough shot," he said. "They didn't draw that up. That was just the ball bouncing their way."
And, as keeps happening, the other way for the Jazz.
It might've hurt even worse considering Carlos Boozer had yet another big game against his former team, scoring 22 points (like Belinelli) and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Bulls won despite dealing with their own massive injury issues.
While Utah had its full squad together for the first time since December, the 35-27 Bulls, who had lost two straight, played without Derrick Rose (knee), Taj Gibson (knee), Kirk Hinrich (foot) and Rip Hamilton (back).
If there was a win ripe for the taking in Chicago, it was this one.
"I don't know why we're losing, but I like the way we're playing. We're playing hard and that's the only thing we can ask for," Jefferson said. "Things just aren't bouncing our way."
Corbin made several switches in this game in hopes of giving the Jazz a boost. DeMarre Carroll started again, but Marvin Williams was playing so well that Corbin put him in to begin the third quarter.
Jamaal Tinsley, who hadn't played in a week, also came off the bench to spell Mo Williams at point guard. He finished with five points and five assists.
Defensively, the Jazz had a stellar second half, holding Chicago to just 34 points — 17 in each of the third and fourth quarters.
All that — and the continued big bench play from Favors and Enes Kanter (10 points) — helped Utah turn a nine-point halftime deficit into an 81-76 fourth-quarter lead.
Boozer hit a jumper and Belinelli hit one of his three treys to quickly put Chicago ahead again with five minutes to go, and teams were neck and neck until Hayward's shot was off at the end.
"I was trying to make the play and came up a little short," Hayward said. "I had a jump shot from 15 feet and just missed it."
NOTES: The Bulls won despite shooting 37 percent from the field (30 for 81) and allowing the Jazz to shoot 45.7 percent (37 for 81). Chicago has beaten Utah five times in a row, which is the longest winning streak the Bulls have ever had in the series history. Carroll (four points) didn't play in the second half after starting. Corbin said his three fouls at halftime played a factor. ... Mo Williams struggled in his second game back from a 32-game absence, shooting 1 for 7 for two points and three assists.
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