Bulls-Nuggets: Denver Erupts in Fourth Quarter to Defeat Struggling Bulls

Scott GlissonCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2017

The Bulls stalled late in the fourth quarter Sunday as the Denver Nuggets defeated them 114-101.

Trailing by nine after one quarter of play, the Bulls stepped it up and outscored Denver in both the second and third quarters to take an 85-83 lead going into the fourth.

Chicago knew that this game was not going to be easy, as they have lost nine out of their last ten visits to Denver.

Ben Gordon showed up strong tonight with 28 points.  He went 5-of-7 from behind the arc and knocked in all nine of his free throws.

Drew Gooden also lit it up tonight for Chicago, tallying 21 points and pulling down seven rebounds.

Derrick Rose had a seemingly quiet night, only scoring 15 points and getting two rebounds in his 43 minutes of play.

Four Denver players scored over 20 points.  Nené, Chauncey Billups, and Carmelo Anthony all scored 21 points and Kenyon Martin had 26.

The Bulls were up 99-96 with just over four minutes remaining in the game until Denver turned out the lights and left the Bulls blind on the court.  Denver went on an 18-2 run to end the game.

The scoreboard does not look good for the Bulls as it shows them losing by 13 points, but that does not tell the whole story.  Even though Chicago added another road loss to its dismal start of the season, this game shows fans, coaches, and even the players that they can compete against solid teams.  

The Nuggets are 9-5 on the season while the Bulls drop to 6-8.

There are still three games left on this road trip and Chicago hopes to rebound from this disappointing loss on Monday night against the 9-5 Utah Jazz.