SALT LAKE CITY - Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night and the Utah Jazz beat Chicago 97-87. Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko each scored 15 points and Williams had 11 assists for the Jazz, who have split their last two games but have won 10 of their last 12. Ronnie Price scored 10 off the bench for Utah and Mehmet Okur had seven points and eight rebounds.
Thabo Sefolosha led the Bulls with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Joe Smith and Andres Nocioni scored 14 points apiece and Chris Duhon had 11 points and eight assists for the Bulls, who played with three starters -- Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng -- out due to injuries.
The Jazz jumped out to an early start, but the Bulls closed the gap to 22-20 with a 9-4 run at the end of the first period. Utah led 49-39 after a 13-2 run at the end of the first half. The Jazz went up 57-43 late in the third before Chicago put together a 12-4 surge, but the Jazz practically owned the fourth quarter -- going up 83-69 with a little more than nine minutes left to play.
With the score ending the way it did I'm surprised they didn't end up losing by a lot more then 10. I mean I love my Bulls and all but they did show some heart by getting closer to the lead. I mean come on the score in the fourth was 83-69 and if you do the math the Bulls came from being down from 14 to being down by 10. That may not mean anything to those of you reading this but for a sports fanatic that is a great deal. Let's see what their next performance will be. Until then - See ya.