Jazz 132, Bulls 108

His right wrist wrapped in ice, Deron Williams insisted he feels
no pain when he soars for dunks. It hurts when he shoots,
though.

The way he played Tuesday, it was hard to tell.

Williams got the better of Derrick Rose, finishing with 28
points and a season-high 17 assists, while CJ Miles scored a
season-best 26 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 132-108 victory
over the Chicago Bulls.

“I always have fun competing against the best,” Williams said.
“That’s my job and I enjoy it.”

It’s even more fun on nights like this.

He hit 3-of-5 3-pointers and threw down a vicious transition
dunk on Rose that was more painful for the Bulls than it was for
Williams.

It came during a 13-1 run late in the third quarter that broke a
77-all tie and sent Utah to its 22nd win in 27 games.

Miles scored 16 in the fourth, hitting four of his six
3-pointers, as the Jazz outscored Chicago 40-27 and secured at
least a .500 record for the 26th time in 27 years.

“A couple of times, I was just standing,” Miles said. “But
most of the time, I was sliding up and down. They have to pay
attention to Deron when he’s penetrating. It’s Deron Williams. Same
thing with D-Rose on the other end.”

With 25 points and a career high-tying 13 assists, Rose didn’t
exactly get dominated in a matchup of All-Star point guards. But
the Bulls tied a season high with their fifth straight loss even
though Brad Miller scored 20.

Luol Deng added 14 points after missing practice the previous
day with flu symptoms, but sat out the fourth quarter because of a
strained right calf. He’s scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday,
another blow for a team in the middle of a brutal nine-game stretch
against contenders.

“I tried to see how it felt,” he said. “I tried to push it a
little.”

Neither team played much defense, with Utah shooting 54.2
percent and Chicago 53.9, but the Jazz came away with their ninth
road win in 11 games and pulled within one of Northwest Division
leader Denver.

Besides the big games from Williams and Miles, Utah got 16
points and 10 rebounds from Carlos Boozer. Paul Millsap added 16
points and nine rebounds, and Mehmet Okur scored 14.

The Jazz simply did whatever they wanted, whether it was driving
for a layup or dunk or burying jumpers. They shot 12 for 20 on
3-pointers, with Miles going 6 of 7. The highlight, though, was
Williams’ big dunk on Rose.

It came with about four minutes left in the third, when Williams
took a feed from Wesley Matthews on a 2-on-1, and threw down a
one-hander that drew oohs and ahs from the crowd, making it
83-77.

“He’s always someone I looked up to and I thought he played
real well tonight,” Rose said.

Miles finished the run with a 3-pointer that made it 90-78 with
1:27 left in the quarter and did his part to bury the Bulls in the
fourth, but the point guards stole the show.

“Did you have fun watching it?” Boozer said. “I had fun
watching it, too.”

So did coach Jerry Sloan.

“I like to see guys compete out there,” he said. “It doesn’t
matter if it’s in a practice or in a game. Tonight, those two
competed hard the whole game.”

Williams (16 points, 10 assists) and Rose (10 points, 11
assists) each had double-doubles in a blistering first half that
saw neither team really bother to defend and Utah walk off with a
63-61 lead.

NOTES: Utah’s 132 points, 34 assists and 3-point percentage
(.600) were season-highs for a Bulls opponent. … Sloan didn’t
realize there was a life-sized action shot of him in the hallway
near the Bulls’ locker. “Is that right?” he said. Sloan didn’t
pass by his picture when the Jazz entered the arena. His is one of
10 former Bulls, including Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis
Rodman, Norm Van Lier, Artis Gilmore and Chet Walker installed this
season. There are also photos of Blackhawks legends.