Boykins had 14 points and nine assists for the Nuggets, who had
five players in double figures in their second road win of the
season. Rookie Carmelo Anthony had yet another big night, scoring a
team-high 26 points, and adding eight rebounds and three assists.
The Bulls trailed 89-80 with 6:37 to go, but managed to make a
game of it thanks to Donyell Marshall. Fouled by Andre Miller,
Marshall made his first free throw and grabbed his own rebound when
he missed the second. He made the layup, sparking a 17-6 run.
Rookie Kirk Hinrich capped the run with a free throw, tying the
game at 97 with 58 seconds left.
But Boykins spoiled Chicago's comeback. Barry didn't have a shot
and saw Boykins open at the top of the key, behind the 3-point
line. He fed the 5-foot-5 guard, who cooly drilled the 3 to put
Denver ahead, 100-97. As the ball swished through the net, Boykins
calmly raised his right arm.
Hinrich missed a 3-pointer at the other end, and the Bulls were
forced to foul. Denver made all six to seal the game.
But the Bulls have themselves to blame for this loss. They had
25 turnovers -- 16 in the first half alone -- and Denver turned the
miscues into 30 points.
Eddy Curry led the Bulls with 20 points before fouling out with
4:02 to play. Marshall, who played just three minutes in the first
half, had 14 points and eight rebounds.
Jalen Rose and Jamal Crawford were on the bench for the start of
a second straight game, but the results weren't nearly as good as
they were Saturday. Rose had just seven points on 3-of-14 shooting,
and Crawford scored six. He had four turnovers and only two
The Bulls fell behind early. But they came out looking like a
different team in the second half. Curry scored on a layup to spark
a 14-4 run as the Bulls took a 59-55 lead, their first since the
opening minutes of the game.
Anthony made a free throw to give Denver a 64-63 lead with 3:21
to play, but it was all Bulls after that. Marshall hit a 3-pointer,
Eddie Robinson scored on a fast-break layup and then hit a
17-footer and Crawford made a layup to put the Bulls ahead 72-64
with 1:31 left in the third.
Crawford fed Lonny Baxter for a layup with a sweet,
over-the-back pass to give Chicago a 74-66 lead with 11:37 left.
But the Bulls just had to make things interesting.
Anthony scored on a layup to spark a 16-2 run. The play of the
run belonged to -- who else -- Boykins. As Crawford drove up court,
Boykins poked the ball away from behind. Miller scooped it up and
threw a fullcourt pass to Boykins, who scored on the layup to give
Denver a 75-74 lead with 10:06 to play.
Nuggets center Marcus Camby missed the second half with a
strained left knee. He's listed as day to day. ... The Bulls shot
over 50 percent for a second straight game. ... Denver's Nene had
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