Zach LaVine delivered another big performance in the Bulls’ win over the Nuggets. LaVine shot 4 for 8 from three-point range en route to 23 points. The Bulls would go on to knock off the Nuggets after a big run late in the fourth quarter.
LaVine has scored 30 or more points in four of the last five games for the Bulls. LaVine led the Bulls back from a 13-point third quarter deficit against the Nuggets, but the Nuggets offense would take over, carrying the team to a resounding 111-107 win.
The Nuggets starting lineup got off to a great start with Nikola Jokic leading the way with 24 points, while Paul Millsap had 20 as well. Jordan Bell came off the bench to score 15 points. However, the Bulls defense forced the Nuggets to miss their first 16 shots, which included six missed layups. The Nuggets only sank nine of their first 20 shots, but the Nuggets continued to fight through their struggles.
With the Bulls down six in the third quarter, the Nuggets’ defense turned the ball over five times and the Bulls offense was able to score a 15-5 run to take a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The lead would change hands three times in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets finally got back ahead when Alvaro Vazquez’s missed shot rolled into the basket and Nikola Jokic was able to make a layup for the final basket of the game, pulling the Nuggets out of the game.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Bulls on the night with 31 points, 15 rebounds and four assists. Jokic finished with a double-double. However, the Nuggets offense was uncharacteristically cold, making only two three-pointers all night and sinking 21 of their 46 attempts from the free throw line. The Nuggets will look to get back on track tonight with a tough road match up against the Golden State Warriors at 8:30 pm EST.