CHICAGO (ABC4 Sports) - Thursday's loss to Cleveland was understandable, considering the Jazz were coming off a back-to-back and were taking on the defending NBA champs.
But Saturday, the Jazz suffered a bad loss to a struggling Chicago Bulls team that was missing perennial all-star Dwyane Wade.
Bobby Portis scored a career-high 22 points and Denzel Valentine notched his first career double-double to support Jimmy Butler's 23 points, and the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 95-86 on Saturday night.
In their second game without Wade (broken elbow), the Bulls' bench made the difference, outscoring Utah's reserves 44-23.
Valentine had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and hit consecutive 3-pointers with just over seven minutes remaining in the game to give Chicago (33-37) a lead it would not relinquish.
The Bulls, who won for just the second time in nine games, outscored the Jazz 34-22 in the fourth quarter. Utah shot just 38.3 percent from the field.
"There were some breakdowns in there, but they made some plays," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "You have to give them credit for that. I'm always going to feel like we could do more. But there's sometimes you need to recognize what the other team does. They played with a lot of energy."
George Hill scored 18 points for Utah (43-27), while Gordon Hayward had 14. Rudy Gobert had 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Hayward has made just 9 of his last 29 shots in the last two games.
Chicago trails Miami by 1 1/2 games for the final spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Jazz, despite dropping consecutive contests, maintained their hold on the fourth seed in the West, two games ahead of the L.A. Clippers.
"We wanted to prove that we are still a playoff team, that we are still a good team," Valentine said. "We wanted to prove tonight for the whole game that we could sustain it with energy and confidence."
The Bulls, who beat Utah 85-77 on Nov. 17, swept the season series the first time since 2012-13.
Gobert's five blocks were one shy of a season best. He had six on Jan. 26 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Jazz wrap up a 4-game road trip Monday night at Indiana.
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