Mar 10, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Kyle Korver (26) shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

No Noah, Deng, No Problem; Bulls Crush Jazz 111-97

Bulls 111, Jazz 97 — FINAL

There was no six gun celebrations on the court or swagger filled threes from the corner but there was still a lopsided victory in favor of the Bulls. Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, C.J. Watson and Rip Hamilton all sat Saturday, but Derrick Rose and Kyle Korver suited up and boogied down scoring 50 points combined on the way to a 111-97 won ver the Jazz.

Carlos Boozer continued his amazing (and surprising) hot streak leading the Bulls in scoring with 27 points and grabbing 8 rebounds on the night.

The Bulls were on fire, electric and volcanic all night long and that’s understating their performance.

Every single Bulls starter recorded at least one steal with Omer Asik grabbing two. Of all the Bulls that played, only Brian Scalabrine and Jimmy Butler went without a steal on the night.

Chicago was sharpshooting the Jazz, hitting 7 three pointers; six of which were from Kyle Korver. Korver received heavy criticism after missing numerous wide open looks from beyond the arc against the Magic, but he answered back with six violent daggers against the Jazz.

“In a very good way, he has a short memory,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He always thinks the next one is going in. That’s good.”

Utah on the other hand, attempted just three shots from beyond the arc missing all three of them. Korver wasn’t as gleaming as Bulls fans were about his six 3-pointer night.

A dead panned Korver replied to the stat stating, “I missed five 3s; it’s not like I shot that great.”

You’d have to date back to last year that the Bulls dropped back-to-back games. The win came without the services of Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, regulars in the starting lineup. Noah was a late scratch and Deng had stated after Thursday’s loss that he would probably be sitting more as the season winds down to rest his wrist.

Omer Asik and Korver started in place of them with Asik holding the usually sensational Al Jefferson to just eight rebounds and 16 points, denying him a double-double.

The Bulls will quickly put this win behind them and move forward to Monday’s Latin Night showdown with the cooling New York Knicks. The game will still hold much interest from fans across the NBA, as anytime a top or up and coming point guard matches up against Derrick Rose, it’s a spectacle. Jeremy Lin exploded Lin-sanity right after the Bulls last meeting with the Knicks and this will be the first time he faces a guy he was heavily compared to since his popularity boomed.

After that it’s the biggest game of the month, a matchup with the Miami Heat in Chicago, the first time the Heat visit the Windy City this season. That’s the second of a four game stretch that sees the Bulls get a break game against the Trailblazers before getting the Sixers at home to end the home stand.

Saturday’s win was the Bulls 34th of the year. They can lose both games against the Knicks and Heat and still have a chance to finish the month of March with 40 wins.

Next 3 Games






Vs. Knicks




 Vs. Heat




 Vs. Trailblazers



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