Fizer, who didn't play the last time the teams faced each other,
scored a season-high 28 points off the bench Monday, and Jalen Rose
had 31 as the Bulls won 113-98 and snapped a 10-game losing streak
to the Jazz.
"If Fizer wanted to go to the basket he went to the basket,''
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He looked like a bull running over
He wasn't the only one. Donyell Marshall had a double-double
against his old team, notching 17 points and 11 rebounds, and two
other Bulls finished in double figures. Jamal Crawford filled in
nicely for the injured Jay Williams, finishing with 12 points, five
assists, two steals and just two turnovers.
The Bulls shot 53 percent from the floor as they beat the Jazz
in the regular season for the first time since Jan. 6, 1997.
"That's something that always bothers me, when we have a losing
streak of that magnitude,'' Fizer said.
"They'd like to think they were out of gas, but there are no
excuses for not coming out and competing,'' Sloan said. "The Bulls
acted like they were out to get us from the beginning. Too many
people were watching Fizer go to the basket.''
Fizer didn't play when Chicago visited Utah on Nov. 23. But he
quietly and diligently worked his way back into the lineup, and
he's become an invaluable sixth man of late. He shot 51 percent
last month, averaging 13.1 points and six rebounds in December.
He got the Bulls the lead for good in the second quarter,
scoring seven of their last 11 points as they took a 53-48 lead at
"I was just getting the ball in great areas and concentrating
on finishing it,'' Fizer said.
Then Chicago finished it off, breaking open the game with a 22-4
run in the third quarter. After Malone made a pair of free throws
and then scored back-to-back baskets to pull Utah within 63-58 with
6:56 left in the period, Rose hit a 3-pointer to start the run.
The Bulls ended the spurt in impressive fashion, holding Utah
scoreless for more than four minutes while they ripped off 15
straight. Marshall wrapped it up with a one-hand dunk and four free
throws, and just missed on a fast-break layup after he stole the
ball from Andrei Kirilenko.
Fizer tipped the shot in, sending the 17,663 fans into a frenzy.
"We have been a team to revert back to losing ways in the third
quarter,'' Fizer said. "If we get over that hump and don't let up,
we seem to be the team that comes out with a victory.''
That's exactly what the Bulls did. The Jazz cut the lead to
100-88 on Harpring's layup with 4:53 to play, but they couldn't get
the big run they needed to erase the deficit.
Utah shot less than 44 percent for the night, and had 19
"It just seemed like we never got it going,'' Harpring said.
"From of the beginning of the game to the end, we just didn't have
the energy we usually have.''
The 113 points were a season-high for the Bulls. ... The
loss was the 500th of Sloan's career. ... Mark Jackson finished
with four assists, leaving him three shy of becoming only the third
player in NBA history to reach 10,000. Stockton is the all-time NBA
leader and Magic Johnson is second. ... The Bulls are 5-0 when they
shoot above 50 percent.