National Basketball Association
Chicago 114, Denver 108
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, November 19, 2021
Where: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Officials: #60 James Williams, #62 JB DeRosa, #52 Scott Twardoski
Attendance: 19520

Zach LaVine put up a season-high 36 points, DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and the visiting Chicago Bulls beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 114-108 on Friday night.

Derrick Jones Jr. had 16 points and Ayo Dosunmu had 10 for the Bulls.

Aaron Gordon had 28 points and nine rebounds, Will Barton scored 23 and Facundo Campazzo recorded 16 for the Nuggets, who played without Nikola Jokic.

The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player sprained his right wrist in Denver's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night and was not active Friday night. Coach Michael Malone said before the game that he didn't think it would be a long-term issue.

Denver played inspired early, taking a 12-point lead in the first quarter and leading for most of the first half before the Bulls carried a 53-52 edge into halftime.

Chicago came out strong in the third quarter. DeRozan hit a long jumper, LaVine drove for an uncontested dunk, DeRozan scored inside and Tony Bradley hit a short jumper during an 8-0 run that opened the second half. The Nuggets missed two shots and had two turnovers in first two minutes of the third to contribute to the nine-point deficit.

Barton broke the drought with a floating jumper, but LaVine answered with a 3-pointer to make it 64-54.

Denver got within six after 3-pointers from P.J. Dozier and Bones Hyland, but the Bulls extended the lead to 88-78 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets held Chicago without a point for the first 3:26 of the fourth and crawled back into it. Dozier made two free throws and a layup and JaMychal Green scored on a putback to cut the deficit to 88-84.

The Bulls pushed the lead back to eight, but Denver got back within four. LaVine scored the next seven for Chicago to make it 101-93 with 3:47 left.

The Nuggets got within 108-105 with 55.4 seconds left, but DeRozan hit two free throws to extend the lead. Barton sank a corner 3-pointer with 29.4 seconds left before DeRozan sealed the outcome by making free throws in the final 12 seconds.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Chicago   Denver
Zach LaVine 36 Scoring Aaron Gordon 28
Lonzo Ball 6 Assists Monte Morris 5
Javonte Green 9 Rebounds PJ Dozier 10
DeMar DeRozan 12 Free Throws Made Aaron Gordon 7
DeMar DeRozan 2 Steals Facundo Campazzo 2
Alex Caruso 1 Blocks Aaron Gordon 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Chicago 114 44.1 8-31 24-24 19 50 3 7 11
Denver 108 47.6 14-37 16-20 24 38 5 5 14
Upcoming Games
  • Denver will play their next game on the road against Phoenix. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game at home against New York. The Bulls have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .800 after a loss.