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LaVine, DeRozan team up to help Bulls beat Jazz 126-118

CHICAGO (AP) – Zach LaVine made three consecutive three-pointers during a key fourth-quarter stretch and scored 36 points, DeMar DeRozan had 35 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 126-118 on Saturday.

After hitting 11 threes and scoring 41 points on Friday night in a victory in Philadelphia, LaVine converted the three straights threes to push the Bulls’ lead to eight.

Bulls coach Billy Donovan said he’d like LaVine to shoot 10 to 15 3-pointers every game.

“I’ll try if I can,” LaVine said.

DeRozan passed Pau Gasol and Bob Pettit for 40th place on the NBA’s career scoring list.

The Bulls have won three in a row to improve to 19-21. Utah dropped to 20-22 with its sixth loss in seven games.

“We still got a ways to go,” DeRozan said about his synergy with LaVine.

“That’s the crazy part. We knew it was going to come at some point, understanding our spots and understanding moments in the game when it’s time to be aggressive.”

Former Bulls player Lauri Markkanen led the Jazz with 28 points, and Ochai Agbaji had 19.

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine dunks the ball. PHOTO: AP