|Date of game: 1/7/2015
Recap: Chicago vs. Utah
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Derrick Favors scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, and the Utah Jazz dominated the final two quarters en route to a startling 97-77 road rout of the Chicago Bulls.
Favors added 11 rebounds and Trey Burke deposited 17 points -- 12 of which came after halftime -- in a game where the Jazz outscored a cold-shooting Bulls squad by a 61-45 count after intermission.
Gordon Hayward contributed 18 points to the win, Utah's fifth in its last seven away outings. Trevor Booker chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench, with Rudy Gobert recording a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz.
"As much as anything, we've had a better focus (of late)," said Jazz head coach Quin Snyder. "Sometimes we've had it for a quarter and not for the next quarter. We were focused more than not tonight."
Chicago entered the matchup 10-1 in its previous 11 games, but shot a poor 33.3 percent to seal its fate. Derrick Rose particularly struggled, going 3- of-15 from the field while managing only seven points.
"I don't wont to overreact, but I don't want to under-react either," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said afterward. "You always ask yourselves before you start, there's two questions: did you play hard enough and did you execute properly? The readiness to play, that part is really my responsibility. I didn't like that part of it at all."
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Taj Gibson tallied 15 points in the loss.
The teams were deadlocked at 32-32 entering the final minute of an offensively challenged opening half in which neither shot better than 36 percent. Favors fed Gobert for an alley-oop dunk that preceded a Burke putback, however, sending the Jazz into the break up by four.
Utah then caught fire in the third quarter, hitting five of its first seven shots and stringing together a 13-3 run that put Chicago at a 49-37 deficit.
The Bulls scored the next nine points, highlighted by back-to-back Rose layups, to get within three, but made just two more field goals over the remainder of the quarter as the Jazz began to pull away.
Favors netted six points in the last 1:38 of the third to stake Utah to a 63-51 lead entering the final frame, and the Jazz kept rolling from there.
Utah opened the fourth on a 16-3 tear, with Booker and Burke accounting for five points each, to claim a commanding 79-54 lead with 8:17 remaining.
"We played really, really well tonight, I think everybody did," Hayward said. "Rudy was a monster for us defensively."
The Jazz were ahead by as many as eight points in the first half, owning a 24-16 edge just over a minute into the second quarter as Chicago struggled to both hit shots and hold onto the ball. The Jazz then went scoreless for more than five minutes, enabling the Bulls to move in front with a 9-0 surge.Game Notes
Burke was back in action after sitting out Monday's loss to Indiana due to
illness ... The Jazz had lost in four straight visits to the United Center
since a 132-108 win there on March 9, 2010 ... Chicago had won six straight
against Western Conference teams ... Guard Elliot Williams, signed to a 10-day
contract by Utah on Wednesday, had five points after entering the game with