NBA Game Summary - Chicago at Denver
(Friday, November 19th)
Final Score: Denver 99, Chicago 81
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Earl Boykins tied a career-high with 32 points in 29 minutes off the bench to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 99-81 victory over the winless Chicago Bulls at the Pepsi Center.
Boykins shot 10-of-15 from the floor and was perfect in 10 tries at the line to match his career high from three games ago versus Detroit.
"I think it has a lot to do with my teammates," Boykins said. "It's much easier to score when you have a guy like Carmelo Anthony. "You have Kenyon Martin and Andre Miller's going well."
Anthony recorded 18 points and seven rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won six straight at home against Chicago and nine of the last 11 meetings overall. Miller netted 16 points and Martin had 13 with nine rebounds in the win.
Andres Nocioni tallied a personal-best 22 points to lead the Bulls, losers of their first seven games en route to their worst start to a season since 1967-68 (0-9). Kirk Hinrich registered 10 points and dished out 10 assists while Eddie Curry scored 10 in the setback.
"I never like losing. Seven games is too many," Nocioni said.
After a finger roll by Hinrich gave Chicago a 66-65 edge with five minutes left in the third period, the Nuggets went ahead for good with a 14-4 run -- ignited by a Boykins three-pointer.
"Earl just gives us great energy," said Denver head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "He causes havoc for the defense. His finger is sore. Maybe everybody should be sore."
Bryon Russell capped the rally with a three at the third-quarter buzzer, then drained another from long range for the first bucket of the fourth, handing Denver an 82-70 advantage.
Nocioni's jumper midway through the final stanza made it 85-77, but that was as close as the Bulls would get.
Boykins answered right back with a bucket and converted two more shots from the line to put Denver up by 12 at 89-77 and it was smooth sailing from there.
After turning the ball over with just over a minute left, Anthony headed to the locker room with a migraine headache.
Boykins and Nocioni paced their teams with 15 and 14 points respectively in a tightly-contested first half. Luol Deng's lay-in pulled Chicago within 52-51 at the break.
Hinrich left the game in the fourth quarter after banging knees with teammate Francisco Elson...Denver forward Marcus Camby, just back from a two-game absence, left in the first half after re-injuring his hamstring...The Bulls, in the midst of a season-long seven-game road trip, outscored Denver by a 44-24 margin in the paint...Martin had five steals.
11/20 00:11:55 ET