After two consecutive disappointing losses, including the worst in the Tom Thibodeau era the night before, the Bulls were able to get the stops against the Utah Jazz that they weren’t able to get against Indiana and Denver.
Down two, Carlos Boozer scored 11 straight points to give the Bulls (30-20) an 88-85 lead with 27 seconds remaining. Randy Foye would respond with a quick floater and Chicago would close the game at the free throw line to hold on to win 93-89.
Boozer, playing just his second game in Utah after leaving via free agency in the summer of 2010, led the way with a team-high 19 points Nate Robinson added 18 and nine assists, while Joakim Noah and Luol Deng added double-doubles.
"I'm just glad we got the win," Thibodeau said. "That's what we needed. We needed to bounce back. We took a punch [Thursday] night, we got up tonight, and we fought and that's what you got to do."
Al Jefferson led Utah with a game-high 32 points and 13 reboudnds. Paul Millsap added 21.