Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 15 points, while Derrick Favors and Alec Burks had 10 points apiece, and Rudy Gobert grabbed 12 rebounds.
”(We’re) frustrated, frustrated,” Hayward said. “(We’ve) got to find some way to get the job done. We just got to get through this real rough patch we’re going through. If you can’t score the basketball, it just puts too much pressure on your defense.”
Chicago jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, backed by five points from Rose, but the Jazz got back to 9-7, the closest they would get in the game.
Chicago then went on a 21-11 streak to close the first quarter ahead 30-18.
The Bulls outshot the Jazz 72.2 percent (13 of 18) to 33.3 percent (7 of 21) in the opening quarter.
”I thought the first quarter was terrific and that set the tone for the game,” Thibodeau said. “Our starters made sure that the group functioned well together and that was a big plus for us.”
Utah never got closer than eight points the rest of the way, shooting a 27.7 percent (13 of 47) in the first half. Chicago made 60.6 percent (20 of 33) of its shots in the first half and led 51-40 at intermission.
Things didn’t get much better for the Jazz in the second half. Before the game, Corbin said fatigue had been an issue with his young team thus far, and that showed once again in the final two quarters.
Even with the win, Thibodeau was not completely happy with the game, particularly turnovers. Chicago coughed up the ball 21 times, leading to 13 Utah points.
”We still have a lot of questions we have to (answer),” Thibodeau said. “One game doesn’t mean everything is straightened out. We have to take a hard look at ourselves and make the necessary corrections.”
Added Rose, “We’re just trying to iron out the wrinkles and I think we’re still a good team.”