Behind six double-figure scorers, the Denver Nuggets captured their fifth straight win with a 114-109 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Already without the services of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, the Bulls (9-6) were forced to play the entire second half without Derrick Rose, who departed with tightness in his left hamstring. According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, via CBS Sports' Matt Moore, "nothing happened" and the team "didn't want to risk anything."
Per Moore, the Bulls have not won a game in Denver since 2006.
Ty Lawson led the Nuggets (7-7) behind totals of 20 points and 12 assists, but a collective effort that saw all five starters finish in double figures propelled Denver to yet another victory. Arron Afflalo added 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Danilo Gallinari poured in 15 points off the bench.
As a team, Denver shot 51 percent from the field and 50 percent (8-of-16) from three while out-rebounding Chicago, 45-37.
Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 32 points, 18 of which came at the free-throw line. His 20 free-throw attempts and 18 conversions both represented single-game league highs (and career highs) this season, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
Pau Gasol tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds while Mike Dunleavy scored 17 points (5-of-9 shooting, 3-of-7 from three). Aaron Brooks compiled 16 points off the pine, as well, but it wasn't enough on a night when Chicago shot just 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three.
The Bulls are off until Saturday when they'll square off against the Boston Celtics while Denver will look to extend its winning streak to six games Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.