Tom Thibodeau said before Friday’s contest against the Jazz that his Bulls would need to find good shots against an athletic Jazz defense. They did that and then some, despite some sloppy play early.

The Bulls shot 53 percent from the field, Luol Deng led the way with 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 10 rebounds in Chicago’s 97-73 win over Utah.

Derrick Rose, who entered Friday with the lowest field-goal percentage among qualified players, looked good in the early going, connecting on a 3-pointer from the left corner, driving left for a layup and finding Deng for a jumper to give the Bulls a 9-5 lead. Joakim Noah (14 points, eight rebounds) was active early around the basket, scoring twice on nice feeds from Deng.

The Bulls made nine of their first 11 shots, assisting on seven of them to take a nine-point lead just five minutes in. All five Bulls starters had scored midway through the first quarter, with Deng (19 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists) facilitating for five assists in the quarter.

Gordon Hayward, coming off a 29-point outing against the Celtics, had seven early points while playing suffocating defense on Jimmy Butler (five points, two rebounds, three assists). A Deng steal and ensuing three-point play gave the Bulls a 12-point lead, 30-18, at the end of the first quarter. Deng, Boozer and Rose (12 points, five assists, four turnovers) all finished with seven in the first as the team shot better than 72 percent from the field.

After an efficient first quarter, the Bulls came out sloppy in the second quarter. Midway through the quarter they had accumulated seven turnovers and wound up giving away 10 possessions, which the Jazz turned in to nine points to cut the lead down to as few as nine. Taj Gibson (12 points, four rebounds) got on the board twice, helping the Bulls shoot 46 percent in the quarter to help cushion the blow of so many giveaways. Thibodeau’s group remained stingy on the defensive end, holding the Jazz to 23 percent shooting in the quarter, though fouls (the Bulls committed seven) and offensive rebounds (Utah grabbed seven) kept Ty Corbin’s group in the contest.

A Richard Jefferson (eight points, one rebound) steal and breakaway slam pulled the Jazz within eight, 41-33, and marked the 13th Bulls turnover, but after a timeout Deng connected and was fouled on a 17-footer, and completed the three-point play to push the Bulls lead back out to double-digits. Deng hit a pair of three throws the next trip down and finished the first half with 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists.