The Bulls' 37-point loss to the Warriors was as miserable as a cold shower.
The eight-point loss to the Jazz was more like walking in a drizzle.
Losing isn't fun under any circumstances, but this performance was tolerable.
"After a difficult loss (at Golden State), we came in a tough building and we battled," Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. "No excuses and nobody is feeling sorry for us, (but) we didn't fold."
The Bulls led 89-88 before stumbling down the stretch. Three takeaways from the 110-102 loss:
1. The starters didn't pull their weight.
With seven minutes to play and the Bulls down 92-89, Boylen inserted Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison in for Jabari Parker, Shaquille Harrison, Wayne Selden and Ryan Arcidiacono.
The Jazz went on a 13-3 run to seize control of the game. LaVine and Markkanen both missed two shots apiece during the stretch.
"It is disappointing," Boylen said. "We have to get that killer mentality. I thought we had the plays to make but didn't make 'em."
Boylen will continue to give young players a chance to grow: "I think there's some force-feeding going on. We are young. The starting lineup (averages) 22.5 years old. That's the reality. We've got to learn how to win."
Three Bulls players finished on the kosher side of plus/minus, all reserves: Robin Lopez (plus-8), Selden (plus-6) and Parker (plus-3).
"The second group," LaVine said, "had it going."
2. Jabari Parker looked like Jabari Parker.
Playing for just the second time in 14 games, Parker logged 19 minutes. His help defense left something to be desired, but he grabbed seven rebounds and played well on the other end -- hitting 5 of 10 shots (11 points) with two assists and no turnovers.
"He played well," Boylen said. "At the '4' position, he was good. He's a good passer. He made a nice play and hit Shaq for a curl. We need that, those plays."
Parker was happy to get the minutes -- "Whatever I get, I'm glad," he said -- but figures to return to the bench once Bobby Portis' elbow sprain heals.
Asked about Boylen's comment about his passing, Parker replied: "It's a lot bigger than just scoring. Creating for guys, being a threat. I'm not difficult to play with. Archi (Arcidiacono), man, we had great chemistry when I was playing. I just told him: I miss our chemistry out there."
3. LaVine can't wait to get to Los Angeles.
The Bulls are off Sunday and will practice in Santa Monica, Calif., on Monday before facing the LeBron James-less Lakers on Tuesday at the Staples Center.
"Haven't played in L.A. in a while," said LaVine, who played his college ball at UCLA. "I'm excited. Hopefully it's sunny out there. Little bit of a (bad) forecast."
LaVine had a spectacular game against the Lakers at the Staples Center as a Timberwolves rookie in 2014. He nearly doubled his career high with a 28-point outbreak on 11-for-14 shooting in a 120-119 win.
Not only that, he was guarded by Kobe Bryant, the player he idolized growing up. Bryant finished with 26 points but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
"Kobe came down for the last shot and I was really scared because growing up you watch him and think: He's gonna make this," LaVine said.
After the game, LaVine recalled, Bryant tapped him on the behind and said: "Way to play, young fella."
Here's a recap of Saturday night's game:
Bulls coach Jim Boylen had a simple desire Saturday night: "Try to have them call the first timeout, not us."
Boylen signaled for the game's first timeout after his team got beat in transition to fall behind 14-8. But unlike Friday, when the Warriors mopped the floor with the Bulls, this game was competitive until late.
The Bulls took a one-point lead with just under eight minutes to play on a Lauri Markkanen jumper. But the rim seemed to shrink down the stretch as the Bulls failed to score for nearly three minutes.
The Jazz pulled away and won 110-102, handing the Bulls their seventh straight loss.
Five Bulls scored in double figures, but no one topped Zach LaVine's 21 points on 7-for-21 shooting.
Donovan Mitchell had 34 for the Jazz, and former Bull Kyle Korver did his thing, making 4 of 8 from downtown and finishing with 16 points.
Bobby Portis missed the game with a sprained right (shooting) elbow after getting tangled up with the Warriors' Kevin Durant on a screen Friday night.
The result was that Jabari Parker got some run, appearing for just the second time in the Bulls' last 14 games.
Parker showed some lax defensive tendencies early, declining to help as Mitchell glided in for a layup. But Parker was decent enough on defense after that, and he knocked down three shots -- a 17-foot jumper, a make with a nice lefty finish and a 3-pointer -- in his five attempts.
He was on the floor when the Bulls rallied from 10 down to take a 35-33 lead.
He got a high five from Boylen when he returned to the bench, subbed out for Markkanen.
Ninety minutes before tipoff, Boylen said Parker was "out of the rotation right now. He's working at it and he's practicing and it's hard to play all 11 or 12 guys. Everybody needs to keep working and growing and wait for your opportunity. When it comes, you need to play."
Parker finished with 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out two assists in 19 minutes -- his heaviest load since Dec. 10.
The Bulls led 89-88 on Markkanen's jumper but got outscored 22-13 the rest of the way.
Robin Lopez got a technical foul for complaining about a call.
Wendell Carter Jr. drew his second in as many games after elbowing a Jazz player while boxing out on a foul shot.