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,


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


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


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


“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.