The Denver Nuggets cruised past the Chicago Bulls

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The Denver Nuggets (30-14) beat the Chicago Bulls (10-35) at home 135:105 (28:30, 33:17, 42:26, 32:32) and extended the Bulls’ losing streak to 9 games.

Jamal Murray was the top scorer for the Nuggets with 25 points (on 8/16 shooting, including 7/11 from three) and five assists. Murray posted 22 of his 25 points in the third quarter. Nicola Jokic was flirting with a triple-double by scoring 18 points (on 6/18 shooting, including 0/3 from three) eight rebounds and 11 assists. Paul Millsap (eight boards) and Gary Harris (off the bench) poured in 14 points apiece. Seven Nuggets finished in double digits.

Denver made a season-high 20 on 40 three-point attempts.

On the other hand, Lauri Markkanen led the Bulls with a game-high 27 points (on 10/18 shooting, including 5/10 from three) and ten rebounds, Robin Lopez coming off the bench to add 17 points (on 8/10 shooting) and six rebounds, Jabari Parker and Chandler Hutchison managed 15 and 12 points, respectively. Five Bulls finished in double digits.

Chicago made 10 on 28 three-point attempts.

The Bulls haven’t won against the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center since February 8, 2006.