The Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls 110-80 on Wednesday night, winning by 30 or more for the second time in three games. Utah beat Orlando by 40 points on Saturday. In both cases, the Jazz carved out huge leads behind strong perimeter shooting. Against Chicago, the Jazz went 11 of 22 from the outside during the second and third quarters. “The ball was pinging around,” guard Rodney Hood said. “We had them chasing us around by moving the ball. We drove close-outs, which is big, and we found the open guy. If we continue to do that, we make the game easier for us and it’s just a matter of us making or missing.”
The 7-footer who played one year of college ball at Arizona (Utah was thought to have finished in second place for his services) has gotten off to a nice start for the Bulls after being taken seventh overall in the 2017 draft, as he was leading them in scoring and rebounding entering Wednesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena. “He is a very focused individual and has his mind set on being the best player he can be and to become an All-Star, so you definitely don’t have to push him to work harder or focus more,” Mottola said of Markkanen via email.