It looked like the Bulls were going to pull out an exciting win in Utah, but they once again figured out a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in a 105-96 overtime loss.
This one wasn't pretty throughout, but things were looking up when Jimmy Butler found Derrick Rose for a go-ahead three-pointer late in regulation. Rose even took a bow after the make:
But from there it was a disaster.
Gordon Hayward split two free throws, but Taj Gibson was unable to secure the miss and the Jazz recovered the loose ball. After a timeout, Hayward made an extremely tough shot to tie the game at 93-93. The Bulls turned over the ensuing inbounds pass, although Hayward luckily missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer.
But the Bulls weren't so lucky in overtime. The offense was a giant dumpster fire, as they didn't make a single field goal in the extra period while Hayward took over. Hayward finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and he torched a tired Butler (47 minutes) after Jimmy had his number early. Butler also missed three free throws in OT, ruining what had been a big performance (26/7/6) from him.
Butler tried to put the Bulls on his back in the fourth quarter by hitting some ridiculous shots, but many of these were the results of terrible offense and just great shot-making. There were some nice 1/2 PnRs run late in the game that resulted in good looks for both Butler and Rose, but those were few and far between.
It of course didn't help that Rose was soundly outplayed by Raul Neto, who scored a career-high 14 points and was a team-high +19. Rose was frustrated right from the opening tip thanks to a no call that resulted in a technical foul (he was definitely fouled a few times with no call), and he shot just 6-of-21 from the floor. He was also poor containing Neto in the pick-and-roll, especially late. I did like some of the cuts Rose was making off the ball, as he got himself into nice positions to score or find an open teammate after receiving a pass, but that was about the only good thing other than that late three.
As for the rest of the crew, Pau Gasol had a solid game with 19 points and eight rebounds, although he didn't do all that much after the first quarter and wasn't particularly stout defensively. I do have to give the big fella a lot of credit for dunking on Rudy Gobert's head, though:
Gibson and Moore made some nice hustle plays, but Moore continues to miss open threes and Gibson's late gaffe marred a solid effort. The bench had some moments, and Doug McDermott's little Dirk fadeaway in the post was nice, but he again had way too many awful moments on both ends of the floor. Making matters worse, we got to see up close just how much better Rodney Hood is than McDermott (19/5/3 before fouling out).
Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich were both bad (Kirk air-balled a wide open 3), and while Bobby Portis had eight points and five rebounds in 21 minutes, he still has plenty of issues defensively. Tony Snell played seven minutes.
So...yeah. Another terrible loss in a season that's not very fun right now. The Bulls have lost nine of 13 and travel to Sacramento next, where they always really struggle. Maybe I'll just root for the Kings because draft pick.