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The Chicago Bulls had a four game winning streak coming into Tuesday nights game against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets used a big send half to pull away from the Bulls for an easy 18 point victory 125-107.

It was a very even 1sy quarter that saw  seven lead changes and four ties between the teams. The Bulls never had more than a three point lead while the Nuggets never had a lead bigger than two points in the quarter. The final tie of the quarter was at 20 all. The Bulls scored five of the final seven pints in the quarter to take a 25-22 lead after one quarter.

The 2nd quarter ended up being dead even as each team scored 34 points in the quarter, but early it looked like the Bulls would pull away. The Bulls biggest lead of the quarter was eight points which they did twice. The last time the Bulls had an eight point lead was with 6:56 left in the quarter and the score was 45-37.The Nuggets came all the way back to take the lead at 54-51 with 1:54 left in the quarter. Chicago finished the quarter on a 8 to 2 run to go into halftime with a 59-56 lead.

Chicago built an eight point lead two more times in the 3rd quarter. The last time was with 9:08 left in the quarter with the score 70-62. The Nuggets cut the Bulls lead down to one point at two different times during the quarter before finally taking the lead at 78-77 with 3:31 left in the quarter. After getting the lead the Nuggets just started building on it. They finished the quarter on a 13 to 6 run to take a 91-83 lead after three quarters.

The Nuggets just continued to build their lead at the start of the 4th quarter. Denver scored the first 8 points of the 4th quarter to take a 99-83 lead. Denver took there first 20 plus point lead of the game when Jamal Murray hit a 3-pointer with 7:24 left in the quarter to make the score 110-89. The closet the Bulls could get was 16 points at 123-107 before Denver hit the final basket of the game to pick up the 125-107 victory.

Danilo Gallinari was Denver’s and the games leading scorer with 22 points. Wilson Chandler added 20 points while Nikola Jokic went for a triple-double scoring 19 points grabbing a game high 16 rebounds and handing out a game high 10 assists. Gary Harris (15 points) and Jameer Nelson (12 points) also reached double figures as all of Denver’s starters hit double digits in points. Off the Nuggets bench Will Barton scored 15 points while Jamal Murray had 14 points.

The Bulls where led by Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo (off the bench) who each scored 19 points. Wade also led the team in assists with 6. Bobby Portis had 12 points while Robin Lopez added 10 points. Denzel Valentine led the Bulls in rebounds with 7.

Denver actually has=d to turn around and pay the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. The Nuggets got a win over the Bucks 110-98. The wins makes the Nuggets 28-33 on the season. Denver will return home with there two game winning streak to face the  Charlotte Hornets. The loss drops the Bulls back to .500 at 30-30. The Bulls are one of the feature games tonight as they play host to the 50-10 Golden State Warriors.

The Denver Nuggets improved to 6-8 on the season with a 110-107 win over the Chicago Bulls. This is the 10th consecutive time the Nuggets have beaten the Bulls at the Pepsi Center. It’s also the 16th loss in 17 tries in Denver for the Bulls. The loss drops the Bulls to 9-6, but you have to wonder if they think they let this one get away. With the score tied at 107 and 9 seconds left in the game Will Barton hit two free throws to give the Nuggets the lead. Isaiah Canaan missed a 3-point shot with 4 seconds left to try and give the Bulls the lead. The Bulls fouled Danilo Gallinari as the clock expired. Gallinari hot one of two free throws to get the game to it’s final score of 110-107.

The Bulls got off to a good start and built an 11 point lead on a couple of occasions in the 1st quarter. Then towards the end of the quarter the Bulls took a 14 point lead, but Nikola Jokic hit a jumper to end the quarter and make the score 31-19 Chicago.

The 2nd quarter saw the teams fortunes change as the Nuggets scored the first 22 points of the quarter to take a 10 point lead at 41-31. Dwayne Wade final got the Bulls on the board in the 2nd quarter when he hit a 3-pointer. The Bulls tied the game at 50 all, but Denver took a 6 point lead again at 56-50 and going into halftime we had a tie game at 60 all.

The biggest lead any team saw in the 3rd quarter was 7 points as the Nuggets did took those leads towards the end of the quarter. The quarter itself was very even as the Nuggets managed to outscore the Bulls by 3 points 31-28 and take a 91-88 lead heading into the 4th quarter.

After the Bulls tied the game at 93 the Nuggets ran off 6 straight points to take the lead at 99-93. The Bulls tied the game again at 99 all, but could never take the lead. The Bulls tied the game one more time at 107 apiece, but the Nuggets hit 3 of there four free throws down the stretch to take the victory 110-107.

Jamal Murray came off the Nuggets bench to lead them in scoring with 24 points. Wilson Chandler also added 16 points off the bench. Danilo Gallinari scored 15 points, Jusuf Nurkic had a double-double scoring 14 points and grabbing a game high 14 rebounds. Will Barton and Jameer Nelson each scored 10 points and Nelson handed out a team high 7 assists.

All five Bulls starters scored in double figures led by Jimmy Butler who had a game high 35 points. Dwayne Wade added 22 points while Rajon Rondo had a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and also had a game high 8 assists. Taj Gibson also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Robin Lopez also had 12 points while Nikola Mirotic came off the Bulls bench to score 11 points.

The Nuggets (6-8) take the court again tonight as they are on the road to face the 7-8 Utah Jazz. The Bulls (9-6) have one more game left on there current road trip. Friday night they’ll take on the 4-10 Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.