For the second time in as many nights, the Jazz came away losers against the Chicago Bulls.
Sunday night at Vanderbilt University, the Jazz stayed close, but a spate of third-quarter turnovers cost them dearly as the Bulls took a 101-92 exhibition win.The loss put the Jazz at 0-2 in exhibition play. Saturday night the Bulls took a convincing 109-94 win at Chicago Stadium.
The Jazz jumped out to an impressive lead with their starting lineup of Jeff and Karl Malone, John Stockton, Mark Eaton and Thurl Bailey. They broke away from a 12-7 lead to gain a 15-point advantage at 22-7. At the end of the quarter Utah held a 23-16 lead.
However, the Jazz went through an abysmal second period, scoring only 12 points. Chicago overcame the deficit quickly, outscoring the Jazz 11-2 early in the period. As the quarter neared its end, Chicago built its lead to 10 at 43-33, led by Michael Jordan, who scored 18 points on the night.
Utah made a serious run in the third quarter, thanks largely to Jeff Malone and Thurl Bailey, who notched eight points apiece in the period.
The run pulled the Jazz from a 14 points down to a 59-58 deficit, but they then committed five straight turnovers. When it was done, Chicago led 65-58 and the Bulls coasted the rest of the way, never allowing the Jazz to get closer than four points.
In the final period Chicago eased ahead 90-74 and then held off the Jazz's closing attempts. Guard Andy Toolson landed a pair of three-pointers - finishing with eight points for the game - to keep the game relatively close.
The brightest spot for the Jazz was the play of Jeff Malone, who scored a series of 15-foot jumpers and finished with a game-high 24 points.
Following Jordan in scoring for the Bulls was Scottie Pippen with 15 and Stacey King with 14.
The Jazz return to Salt Lake Monday to prepare for Tuesday's contest in the Salt Palace against Phoenix. That game starts at 8 p.m.