NBA Game Summary - Denver at Chicago
(Tuesday, January 25th)
Final Score: Chicago 111, Denver 107
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Eddy Curry scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Denver Nuggets, 111-107, at the United Center.
Curry, who played only 17 minutes off the bench because of a strained groin, made 7-of-9 shots from the field. Kirk Hinrich led Chicago with 23 points, while teammate Ben Gordon added 18, including 10 in the fourth period.
"We really fought back and played hard," said Bulls coach Scott Skiles. "I am thrilled with the win."
Andres Nocioni and Luol Deng each had 12 points for the Bulls, who have won four in a row and 11 of their last 12 contests. Deng also pulled down eight rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony paced Denver with 32 points, including 15 in the final 12 minutes. Nene, who returned from a four-game suspension, chipped in 19 points and Earl Boykins ended with 16 for the Nuggets, who have lost two straight and nine of their last 12 games. Andre Miller collected 15 points and 11 assists in the loss.
Curry scored 11 points during a 17-10 run that opened the fourth quarter, as Chicago took a 96-88 lead.
The Nuggets then rallied and closed within 96-95 on Anthony's jumper with 4:10 left. After the teams traded buckets, Curry hit a hook shot in the lane and teammate Tyson Chandler followed with a pair of foul shots to push the margin back to five at 102-97.
The Bulls later increased their advantage to seven, but Denver again battled back. Anthony's three-pointer with 51 seconds remaining made it 105-102.
"He had some good looks and knocked some down," said Denver head coach Michael Cooper of Anthony.
On Chicago's next possession, Gordon drained a three-point shot from the corner to give the Bulls a seemingly comfortable six-point edge.
However, the Nuggets wouldn't go away and another three-pointer by Anthony pulled Denver within 109-107 with 26.8 seconds remaining.
Chicago was then whistled for an inbounds violation and the Nuggets got the ball back. Anthony ended up launching another three-point shot that was just off the mark.
The Bulls got the rebound and Nocioni was eventually fouled with 12.4 seconds left. He made both attempts from the stripe to seal it.
The Nuggets closed the first quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 27-19 lead. Anthony accounted for all the points with a pair of layups, a 17-foot jumper and two free throws.
Denver then received jumpers from Boykins and Francisco Elson to begin the second period and held a 31-19 advantage.
After an exchange of baskets, Chicago went on a 17-4 burst, keyed by seven points from Hinrich, to move in front 38-37 with 5:39 left in the quarter. The Bulls stretched their lead to four points twice and eventually carried a 51-49 advantage into the locker room.
Anthony ended with 12 points in the first half, while Hinrich also had 12 to lead Chicago in the opening 24 minutes.
In the third quarter, Miller's layup with 4:50 remaining gave the Nuggets a 71-68 lead. Chicago then answered with a 9-0 run, highlighted by Nocioni's three-pointer, to grab a six-point advantage.
Denver later regained the lead at 78-77 on Kenyon Martin's dunk, but Chris Duhon sank a pair of foul shots in the closing seconds to stake the Bulls to a one-point lead after 36 minutes.
Denver's Marcus Camby missed the game with a sprained left ankle...Martin finished with 12 points and nine boards...Duhon scored 11 points...The Bulls halted a three-game losing streak against the Nuggets...Chicago has won seven consecutive home games, while Denver has dropped 10 of its last 11 contests on the road.
01/26 00:18:29 ET