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July 27, 2021

A little luck helps the Jazz top the Bulls for franchise-record 21st straight home victory

SALT LAKE CITY — Ahead of Friday’s game, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder admitted his team had gotten some breaks this season.

“We’ve won some games but we’ve also had situations where we’ve played teams without their best players,” Snyder said. “We’ve been fortunate with COVID other teams have been hit with that, we played teams during that point.”

Something he didn’t mention: some lucky shots. He might have to next time.

The Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls on Friday 113-106 at Vivint Arena to set a new franchise record with their 21st straight home victory with the help of a strange amount of fortuitous bounces.

Rudy Gobert hooked a shot from his waist and over his head for a bucket; Mike Conley took a one-handed shot from his hip that somehow went in; Bojan Bogdanovic got some contact and threw up a fadeaway floater — yep, that went in, too.

But, wait, there’s more. A rebound bounced off multiple Bulls players and right into the hands of Gobert who then had an easy dunk. After a broken play, Conley threw the ball to a well-guarded Mitchell in the corner with hardly any time left in the shot clock and Mitchell flipped it up quickly and sank the shot.

Without all those, the Jazz (37-11) could have been looking at a different result on Friday.

With 26 seconds left, Nikola Vucevic drilled a 3 to make it a one-possession game, closing the game in a flurry. The Jazz led by 11 with 4:19 left after Mitchell drove the lane and hammered home a one-handed dunk. From there, though, the Bulls went on a 12-4 run to make Utah sweat a bit late.

The Jazz made just one field goal following Mitchell’s slam, but made their free throws to secure their eighth straight win.

Mitchell had 26 points and five assists, Gobert had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Bogdanovic added 18 points and eight rebounds.

This story will be updated.

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