Monday, March 18, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nuggets 119, Bulls 118 (OT)
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Denver Nuggets earned a hard-fought 119-118 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Wilson Chandler had a huge night off the Denver bench, scoring 35 points, pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out four assists. Corey Brewer added 16 points for the Nuggets as they squeezed out an impressive win. Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 34 points and seven assists while Luol Deng chipped in with 21 points, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls dropped their third game in the last four.
What it means: Tom Thibodeau's team has plenty of heart but it didn't have enough at the end to pull out the win. Fans will focus on two offensive goaltending calls, both of which went against the Bulls in overtime. While that will be a major talking point, the effort the Bulls showed to pull back into the game shouldn't be forgotten. Joakim Noah played great over the final few minutes and Robinson might have had his best game as a Bull. The bigger issue for this team is that they are simply tired. All the minutes and all the injuries are piling up and they can't overcome them all right now. This was a great game, but it is one Thibodeau would like to forget given how the ending played out.
Hits: Jimmy Butler had a solid night off the bench, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 32 minutes.
Misses: Marco Belinelli and Deng combined to go 16-for-43 from the field. They also combined to play 101 minutes.
Stat of the night: Points in the paint: Denver outscored the Bulls 68-50.
What's next: The Bulls have a few days off before they face off against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.