Chicago Bulls

Utah Jazz romp over Chicago Bulls

Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen and Jazz forward Jae Crowder go for a loose ball during the first half Saturday at the United Center.
Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen and Jazz forward Jae Crowder go for a loose ball during the first half Saturday at the United Center.

CHICAGO – Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz rolled to one of their most lopsided wins of the season, beating the Bulls, 114-83, Saturday night.

The 31-point margin of victory was only three shy of Utah’s season high. The Jazz raced out to a 70-36 halftime lead and never looked back in winning for the sixth time in seven games.

Gobert dominated inside, making 9 of 11 shots and blocking four.

Donovan Mitchell added 16 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Favors scored 13. And the Jazz made about half of their shots, with the Bulls offering little resistance.

Lauri Markkanen led the Bulls with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He was 6 of 20 from the floor, and the Bulls delivered one of their worst performances in a rough season.

It didn’t help that they were again missing two of their best players, with Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) and leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) sidelined. But the Bulls seemed disinterested right from the start.

There was no shortage of highlights as the Jazz put this one away in the first half.

There was Gobert blocking a layup by Markkanen in the second quarter and converting a layup off a no-look pass from Ricky Rubio driving the baseline.

Gobert had another block on Kris Dunn’s fastbreak layup, setting up a soaring Mitchell dunk.

Things were so bad for the Bulls that fans cheered sarcastically when Dunn hit a 16-foot jumper with about five minutes left in the half to stop a 17-0 run

Bulls notes: Porter missed his third straight game, and LaVine missed his second in a row. ... The Bulls have ruled out injured rookies Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb surgery) and Chandler Hutchison (right toe injury) for the remainder of the season. Carter and Hutchison each appeared in 44 games. The No. 7 pick, Carter averaged 10.3 points and seven rebounds, while Hutchison averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds after getting drafted 22nd overall.

Jazz: Utah’s highest scoring half was 81 points against Golden State on Oct. 17.

UP NEXT

Bulls: Visit Toronto on Tuesday.

Jazz: Host Phoenix on Monday.

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