This was a game of individual performances. Denver’s Kenneth Faried had 18 points and 19 rebounds in a great effort. Wilson Chandler scored 22 points, Ty Lawson had 20 and Afflalo ended with 19 points. Jusuf Nurkic had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Denver. Chicago’s Pau Gasol narrowly missed a rare triple-double, scoring 17 points, grabbing 9 rebounds and had a career high 9 blocks.
Overall the Bulls had six players score in double figures. Guard Jimmy Butler rebounded from an 8 point game vs. the Nets to score a team high 26 points in 39+ minutes. Butler leads the team in minutes played. Aaron Brooks had a key 12 point night, and Kirk Hinrich played his first game in nearly two weeks, scoring 11 points. Not one to be forgotten, Nikola Mirotic added 10 points. It was Rose, however, who came up big for the Bulls. He made shot after shot, just when the Nuggets were threatening to take a late lead.
Chicago played better than its last game at home. The Bulls made 22-25 free-throw attempts, and had 18 blocked shots which is a team record. They committed only 7 Turnovers in the game. Denver was terrific on the boards, out-rebounding Chicago, one of the best teams in the league, 57-46. The Bulls are now 9-6 at home and lead the Central Division.