Bulls Push Past Nikola Jokic-Less Nuggets

Zach LaVine put up a season-high 36 points, DeMar DeRozan scored 26 point,s and the visiting Chicago Bulls beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 114–108 on Friday night. Derrick Jones Jr. had 16 points and Ayo Dosunmu had 10 for the Bulls. Aaron Gordon had 28 points and nine rebounds, Will Barton scored 23, and Facundo Campazzo recorded 16 for the Nuggets, who played without Nikola Jokic. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player sprained his right wrist in Denver’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers (+6.5) on Thursday night and was not active Friday night. Coach Michael Malone said before the game that he didn’t think it would be a long-term issue. Denver played inspired early, taking a 12-point lead in the first quarter and leading for most of the first half before the Bulls carried a 53–52 edge into halftime. Chicago came out strong in the third quarter. DeRozan hit a long …

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