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Pokémon Dog Spotted At Utah Jazz-Chicago Bulls Game

Jan 7, 2023, 7:24 PM | Updated: Jan 11, 2023, 4:22 pm

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 07: Rudy Gay #22 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket against DeMar De...

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 07: Rudy Gay #22 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket against DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls during the first half at United Center on January 07, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY – A small dog groomed and colored to look like Pikachu from the Pokémon games was spotted courtside at the Jazz-Bulls game on Saturday.

The Bulls hosted the Jazz at United Center in Chicago on Saturday, January 7.

During the game, a spectator sitting courtside was shown on television holding a dog decorated as the famous Pokémon.

The Utah and Pokémon ties keep on coming. Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions running back and BYU alum, shared his love for Pokémon in a recent interview.

The Jazz played the Bulls on Saturday at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. The first half was a close and entertaining one. The score was 49-53 headed into halftime.

Markkanen followed his career night with another solid first half, posting 14 points on 50% shooting.

Utah’s game against Chicago is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and KSL Sports Zone.

Jazz vs. Bulls

The Utah Jazz will face a difficult midwest double-header this weekend when they face the Bulls and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Jazz are coming off a much-needed 131-114 victory over the Houston Rockets in which forward Lauri Markkanen scored a career-high 49 points.

At the midway point of the season, the Jazz sit at 20-21 and in the 10th seed in the West.

Bulls Amid Best Stretch Of The Season

The Bulls have had a disappointing first half of the season sitting at 17-21 on the season and in the 10th seed in the East.

However, they’ve won six of their last nine games including a win Wednesday night over the Brooklyn Nets.

RELATED: Markkanen Career-High 49 Points Snaps Jazz Losing Streak

In addition to the Nets, the Bulls have wins over the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, and Milwaukee Bucks in their last nine outings.

The Bulls will face the Philadelphia 76ers on the road Friday on the front end of a back-to-back before hosting the Jazz on Saturday evening.

Over the last nine games the Bulls own the ninth-best offensive rating in the NBA and the 22nd-ranked defensive rating.

DeMar DeRozan is averaging 28.8 points per game during the stretch while Zach LaVine is adding 24.3 per contest.

Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.

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