Chicago (0-9) at Utah (7-4)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Wed Nov 24, 2004
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The Utah Jazz were the first team to lose to the New Orleans Hornets this season. They hope to avoid the same outcome against the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls look to avoid setting a franchise record for consecutive losses to start a season when they continue a season-high, seven-game road trip with a matchup against the Jazz.

Chicago tied the team record on Monday night, losing 100-82 to the Phoenix Suns to fall to 0-9. The 1967-68 team also opened the season with nine consecutive defeats.

The loss was the Bulls’ fifth on the trip, and they’re 0-6 away from home this season. Chicago concludes its trip Saturday against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“We just keep looking on the bright side that we are making improvements out there but it doesn’t take away from the fact we can’t get a game right now,” Chicago’s Eddy Curry said. “It’s mentally and physically draining on everybody on this team.”

The Bulls became the last winless team in the NBA on Monday when Utah lost 76-75 to New Orleans, which had been 0-8.

The Jazz lost for the third time in four games after starting the season 6-1.

Andrei Kirilenko missed two free throws with 4.4 seconds left and Gordan Giricek’s jumper at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

“We had ample opportunities to win the game,” said Utah forward Carlos Boozer, held to eight points after averaging 26.5 in the previous four games. “This one hurt a little bit.”

Chicago also had an opportunity to win Monday, having closed within 50-46 on Chris Duhon’s 3-pointer with 4:25 left in the first half. Phoenix, however, hit consecutive 3-pointers to key a 12-2 spurt to end the half as the Suns took a 65-50 lead.

“We feel like we lost that game, or at least the biggest factor in it, was right before the half,” Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. “We were playing tough but we had several minutes where instead of not playing as well as we have we just fall right off the cliff and come unhinged.”

Ben Gordon led Chicago with 20 points, and Curry added 17 points and nine rebounds.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 22): Bulls - 5th place, 6 1/2 GB, Central Division. Jazz - 3rd place, 2 GB, Northwest Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Bulls - F Tyson Chandler, F Andres Nocioni, C Curry, G Eric Piatkowski, G Kirk Hinrich. Jazz - F Boozer, F Kirilenko, C Jarron Collins, G Giricek, G Carlos Arroyo.

TEAM LEADERS: Bulls - Luol Deng, 15.7 ppg; Curry and Chandler, 7.6 rpg; Hinrich, 7.6 apg. Jazz - Boozer, 20.9 ppg and 10.3 rpg; Arroyo, 6.0 apg.

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Feb. 4; Bulls, 95-79. At Salt Lake City, the Bulls beat a Western Conference team on the road for the first since defeating Houston on March 16, 2002.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bulls - 0-6 on the road; Jazz - 3-2 at home.

INJURIES: Bulls - C Jared Reiner (calf); F Tommy Smith (ankle); G Frank Williams (hamstring). Jazz - F Matt Harpring (knee); F Kris Humphries (knee); G Raul Lopez (knee); C Aleksandar Radojevic (knee).

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