Derrick Rose wasn't on the floor yet, but they were able to do their best to slow down the Nuggets, keep the score close and create chances for themselves near the end of the game. They ended up losing in overtime, 119-118.
We saw the vast differences between these two teams as the game rolled along, Chicago juxtaposing their methodical half-court game alongside Denver's high-flying, athletic, fast-paced offense. Both were on point tonight, while neither defense was much to speak of.
Chicago didn't get their first fast-break point until Jimmy Butler landed a transition layup with 43 seconds left in the second quarter, and the Bulls were outscored 28-8 on the fast break all evening long.
Once the overtime period came around, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer started hitting shots, and the perimeter defense locked down.
An offensive interference call against Noah ended any hopes the Bulls had of winning, even though they played great against one of the league's best.