Nobody said victories would be pretty anymore.
Pretty first left the building when Derrick Rose lay in a crumpled heap April 28, his left ACL snapped. Throw in injuries to rotation regulars Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton and Taj Gibson and the need for grittiness intensifies.
Gordon Hayward's open look at the buzzer rimmed out, helping the Bulls avoid their second three-game losing streak of the season.
Belinelli, who tied Carlos Boozer for team-high honors with 22 points, had missed two wild runners after Al Jefferson pushed the Jazz ahead with a jumper over Joakim Noah with 51.6 seconds left. But Jimmy Butler came out of a scramble with Belinelli's second miss and fed him in the corner, directly in front of the Bulls' bench.
"I scored, but Jimmy made the play," Belinelli after he notched 20 or more points for a third straight game for the first time ever. "Unbelievable. That's why we won."
Belinelli nets 3rd-game-winner for Bulls
Chicago Tribune | Mar 9