By Brice Larson | @LarsonSports
The Utah Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls 125-110 Wednesday night to move to 43-26 on the season. Donovan Mitchell’s 25-point third quarter propelled the Jazz as Jordan Clarkson added 26 points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench.
The first quarter was mainly a back-and-forth affair until the Bulls made a run towards the end of the quarter taking a 26-20 lead off a Coby White 3-pointer. The Jazz fought back thanks to veteran guard Mike Conley who led the team with eight points. Conley drove to the basket with two seconds left and found Alexander-Walker wide open in the corner. Alexander-Walker was fouled and hit two of the three free throws to tie the game at 27.
Conley continued to be the man in charge in the second quarter but got some help from Mitchell who checked into the game midway through the quarter. Mitchell was aggressive off of the bench attacking the basket and trying his hand from beyond the arc. Mitchells time on the court was short lived though, as he was subbed out after getting called for his third foul of the game.
Clarkson had 9 points in the quarter to give him 15 points at the half. Including a huge 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left in the half to put the Jazz up 54-49 at the break.
Jazz lead 54-49 at the half after Clarkson hits a big 3-point shot with 7.9 left on the clock.
Clarkson now leads the Jazz in scoring with 15 points.
Conley should have 7 assists tonight after Hernangomez, O’Neal and Clarkson all missed shots off absolute dimes from him.
— Brice Larson (@LarsonSports) March 17, 2022
Mitchell caught fire in the third quarter scoring seven straight points before getting called for a technical foul that resulted in a Lavine missed free throw. Mitchell hit five more 3-point shots to total 25 of Utah’s 35 points in the third quarter.
The Jazz struggled to find their feet on the defensive side of the ball as they were late to get back on defense leading to important transition points for the Bulls. This allowed Chicago to keep the game close, 89-81.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker hit two 3-pointers in a row and later had a steal that led to a fast break foul and elicited a standing ovation by those in attendance at Vivint Arena. Alexander-Walkers 16 points closed the door on the Bulls in the fourth quarter and helped the Jazz to a 125-110 win over Chicago.