Carlos Boozer is one of the most productive players in Jazz history, but he was booed when introduced Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
He was booed whenever he touched the ball.
Boozer seems destined to have a complicated legacy regardless of where he plays. It makes you wonder how he will be received if he returns to the United Center wearing an opposing team’s jersey.
Much to the disappointment of the home crowd, Boozer scored 11 consecutive points in the final minutes of a 93-89 victory over the Jazz, giving the Bulls a 3-3 record on their six-game road trip.
The Bulls responded from Thursday night’s debacle in Denver with much more energy than they had against the Nuggets. It was almost too much, in fact, as the pace of the game better-suited the Jazz, who appeared to be in control until Boozer took over.
Boozer overcame foul trouble to finish with 19 points and five rebounds.
“I got in foul trouble so early in the game that I was super fresh in the fourth quarter,” Boozer said. “I walked out there and I’m like, ‘I’m not even tired. I’ve got energy. My legs feel good.’ I was just trying to give my team some juice.”
Nate Robinson scored 18 points and had nine assists in 46 minutes for a Bulls team trying to bounce back from a 128-96 loss. It marked the most points a team has scored against the Bulls since Tom Thibodeau was named coach and the biggest margin of victory during the same span.
Taj Gibson added 14 points and eight rebounds.
“I’m just glad we got the win,” Thibodeau said. “That’s the thing we needed. We needed to bounce back. We took a punch last night, but we got up today and we fought. That’s exactly what you have to do. You can’t look backwards. You can’t look ahead. You have to look at exactly what is in front of you.
“I liked the way we approached the game. It has been a long trip, but now we have a chance to gather, get home, correct and get ready.”
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