Hoiberg says Bulls gave the game away after tough OT loss to Jazz

BY Brett Pollakoff • February 2, 2016

The Bulls feel like they should have won Monday night in Utah, and done so well before an overtime period was required. Derrick Rose hit an open three on the wing to give Chicago a three-point lead with 18 seconds left, and that should have been enough to seal the deal in the eyes of the Bulls players.

But carelessness and poor defense in the game's final two possessions allowed the Jazz to tie it, and Chicago managed just three points in the extra session before suffering the heartbreaking loss.

"Obviously a very tough way to lose that one," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said afterward, via ESPN's Nick Friedell. "Felt we gave it away."

The part that was perhaps most disappointing was the way the Jazz were able to tie the game so easily at the end of regulation. 

Chicago held a two-point lead with eight seconds left, but Gordon Hayward received a pass out near the three-point arc, and blew by Jimmy Butler before finishing at the rim over the outstretched arms of Pau Gasol. 

The Bulls were outscored 12-3 in the extra period, and didn't make a field goal during the final five minutes.



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