Jazz beat Bulls behind career-night from Rudy Gobert, 120-95

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Rudy Gobert one block shy of triple-double, finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks

CHICAGO (ABC4 Sports) – Rudy Gobert came within one block if the Jazz first regular season triple-double in 13 years, as the the Utah Jazz wrapped up its five-game road trip with a 120-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Gobert, who came into the game listed as questionable with a hip contusion, dominated on both ends of the floor. Gobert finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high nine blocks.

“When I subbed out with about seven minutes left, Derrick (Favors) was coming in and told me that I had nine blocks,” Gobert said. “He was very happy to tell me that. That’s just the way we are as a team. Everyone is happy for one another. Everyone is lifting each other up. It’s just fun to be part of a group that cares for one another.”

Donovan Mitchell pitched in with 30 points, six rebounds and six assists. Mitchell made five 3-pointers, one shy of his season high. 

The Jazz defense looked solid as they held its opponent to under 100 points for the first time since February 24th. They held the Bulls to 40.6 percent from the floor and 23.1 percent from three.

Gobert controlled the paint for the Utah defense, making it hard for the Bulls to score inside.

“He’s playing the right way,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. “When he does the things that, really, only he can do as far as running and being willing to come over and get off his man’s body and contest shots, he’s gonna block shots.”

The Western Conference leaders took control in the first half and rolled to their second straight win after losing five of eight.

Joe Ingles made five of six three-pointers, and finished with 17 points. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench and scored 16, while Mike Conley had 15 points.

The Western Conference leaders took control in the first half and rolled to their second straight win after losing five of eight.

Mitchell made five 3-pointers, one shy of his season high. The two-time All-Star also had six rebounds and six assists.

Gobert picked up his ninth block with 8:18 remaining in the game when he rejected a driving Coby White. He got subbed out about a minute later. Gobert checked back in with 5:37 left and exited for good with 1:38 remaining.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 27 points, though he made just 10 of 25 shots. Thaddeus Young added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Mitchell scored 21 in the first half and was 4 of 6 on 3-pointers as the Jazz grabbed a 56-42 lead.

Ingles, the franchise’s career leader in made 3s, also hit four. He buried three in a 19-0 run as Utah turned a three-point deficit late in the opening quarter into a 39-23 advantage early in the second.

The Jazz return home for their first home game at Vivint Arena since March 12th, they will face the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday March, 24th. Brooklyn will be without stars, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

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