The Jazz's four-game winning streak over the Chicago Bulls came to a screeching halt Saturday night at Chicago Stadium, as the Bulls took an easy 109-94 exhibition win.
Chicago led from beginning to end, building a quick 4-0 lead and never trailing. Leading the way for the Bulls were Scottie Pippen and Stacey King with 17 and 14 points, respectively.Bulls' superstar Michael Jordan went down with an injury at the end of the half. But Pippen and King provided enough punch for the Bulls to ride a 22-point lead at the break to victory.
The Jazz fell far behind early in the game, thanks to a series of turnovers and fouls. Chicago moved from a 17-14 first-quarter lead to 26-14. The Bulls led 30-20 at the end of the first period, thanks mainly to Jordan's eight points.
Matters got worse for the Jazz in the second quarter, with the lead ballooning to 24 points with 1:30 to go.
North Carolina rookie Scott Williams, who scored eight points in the first half, played a key part in the run, while veteran Craig Hodges landed a three-pointer to build the lead to 24.
Jordan went down with an apparent twisted ankle with only seconds left in the first half and never returned. He finished with nine points and five assists.
Chicago took a 60-38 lead into the locker room.
Although the Bulls built their lead to 30 points with 9:32 remaining in the third period, the Jazz made a run to cut the lead to 18 points. Jeff Malone registered most of the damage, scoring 11 points in that period.
The Jazz began the fourth quarter down 87-67.
Utah was led by Karl and Jeff Malone with 13 points apiece. Rookie Walter Palmer was impressive with 10 points and five rebounds, while free agent Mark Tillmon added 11. Former BYU star Andy Toolson totaled six points.
Utah and Chicago meet again Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (MDT) in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be aired live on KISN, AM-570.
Jordan's injury is not considered to be serious and he is expected to play in tonight's game.