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Rodney Hood returns aggressively against Chicago Bulls after missing 7 games

CHICAGO — Rodney Hood entered the game for Ricky Rubio at 4:52 in the first quarter.

He nailed his first midrange jumper off an assist from Donovan Mitchell at 2:40.

After missing the past seven games with left ankle soreness, Hood returned to play 25 minutes while contributing 15 points off the bench.

Utah would go on to drop its fourth straight game, 103-100, on the road against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday, but Hood felt decent running up and down the court again.

“Definitely just trying to get back in a groove on both ends of the court, but I pride myself on having an effect on winning,” Hood said. “This one doesn’t feel good at all.”

Hood looked solid for much of the game, but he did miss a possible game-tying 3-pointer from a weird angle with 12 seconds remaining, although he didn't appear to be winded or out of shape.

“I was a little surprised I was that open, but if I get that shot again I’ll knock it down,” he said.

As Hood looks to regain his timing and precision on the floor, Jazz coach Quin Snyder was still impressed with his overall performance.

“I thought he was good,” Snyder said. “In spite of being out for a while, I thought he was aggressive.”

BRAND AMBASSADOR: Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio continues to make an impact off the court. Rubio was signed as the first United States brand ambassador for Torrot — which is a smart scooter brand. Rubio recently signed the deal in Salt Lake City as the company looks to expand in the North American market. The company specializes in electric bicycles and motorbikes.

“What Torrot has achieved in just three years for the development of sustainable mobility is astonishing,” Rubio said. “I can relate to their commitment to preventing air pollutant emissions.

“It is really an honor for me to represent Torrot worldwide because it reflects Spanish leadership, technology and ability.”

JAZZ HISTORY: Five retired numbers banners are raised in the rafters of the United Center in Chicago. Those of Scottie Pippen (33), Michael Jordan (23), Phil Jackson (coach), Bob Love (10) and former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan (4). Sloan coached the Jazz from 1988 to 2011 but was also a basketball star in the Windy City as a two-time All-Star in 1967 and 1969. The Jazz also have a banner raised with No. 1223 in honor of his regular season and playoff victories as the sideline leader in 2014. Sloan coached the Jazz to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances but lost to Jordan and the Bulls in 1997 and 1998.

ON THIS DAY: Jazz legend John Stockton finished with 16 points and nine assists on Dec. 13, 2000, while collecting his 14,000th career assist during a 111-102 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Hall of Famer would retire in 2003 as the league’s all-time leader in steals (3,265) and assists (15,806).