In a tremendous all-around performance, Gordon Hayward scored 15 points and recorded 12 assists and 6 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz pull out the close victory against the Chicago Bulls, 89-83. Utah (2-14) has won just 2 of its last 10 games.
Hayward shot 5-15 and converted 5-7 from the free throw line. Other key players for Utah included Marvin Williams with 17 points and 9 rebounds, Trey Burke with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Derrick Favors with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Carlos Boozer had another big game for Chicago despite the loss, scoring 26 points on 12-23 shooting. He also added 16 rebounds. Luol Deng chipped in 24 points and 10 rebounds and Joakim Noah finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
In addition to 7.7% from 3-point range, the Bulls tallied an eFG% of just 39.9%. They are 2-1 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Jazz, conversely, are 1-1 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
Chicago (6-7) has now lost 4 consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Jazz battle the Phoenix Suns, who are 7-7 on the year. The Bulls meet the Detroit Pistons, currently 6-8 this season. The Jazz have a 0-1 record against Phoenix this season.