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Boozer comes out on a high on return to Utah

But the now Chicago player gets a hostile reception from the crowd as Jazz fall despite Williams's late turnovers.

SALT LAKE CITY // Derrick Rose won his marquee point guard duel with fellow All Star Deron Williams, while Carlos Boozer got the better of his former team, as the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 91-86 on Wednesday.

Rose scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and made key plays in the closing minutes to help team mate Boozer come out on top in his first game against Utah since signing with Chicago as a free agent for this season.

Boozer, who had spent the previous six seasons with the Jazz, was subjected to boos from the crowd throughout but managed 14 points and six rebounds for the Bulls (35-16).

"I got a little of everything," Boozer told reporters of his hostile reception in Utah. "I'm just happy I won. It's not a monster game or the biggest game of the season. We have to move on and keep winning."

Al Jefferson tallied a team-high 26 points and Williams recorded 11 points and 12 assists for Utah (31-23), but he also committed three critical turnovers in the final minute as the home team fell to their second loss in three games.

Utah have lost three in a row at home for the first time since 2007. Trailing for most of the night, the Jazz stayed close throughout but could not make the key plays when it mattered most.

Rose made two free throws with 13 seconds left to give Chicago an 89-86 lead and Williams made an errant pass on Utah's final possession to end their chances.

Rose defended Williams tightly the entire game.

"If it wasn't for my team's help I wouldn't have done that," said Rose of his pressure defense. "I was very locked in. (Deron and I), we're almost the same way. We'll come at you every time."

Bulls' reserves Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver, who had both spent the past few seasons with the Jazz, played an important part in the victory.

Korver made a three-pointer with 2:16 to go on the clock to put Chicago ahead 87-83 while Brewer stole the late pass and made two free throws for the final margin.

 

OTHER RESULTS (home team first)

Cleveland 94 Detroit 103

Indiana 104 Charlotte 103

New Jersey 103 New Orleans 101 (OT)

Philadelphia 95 Orlando 99

Washington 100 Milwaukee 85

Toronto 100 San Antonio 111

NY Knicks 108 LA Clippers 116

Utah 86 Chicago 91

Sacramento 100 Dallas 102

Golden State 116 Denver 114