The Denver Nuggets playing for the 2K16 Lottery Machine came out firing as they led 30-26 after one and trailed 57-55 at intermission. Their 1st half story ran through Italy's Danillo Gallinari 19 points and Will Barton's 11 points. The Bulls running on D-Rose's 13 points and Jimmy Butler's 19 points until it happened. Butler from reports goes down with an apparent Knee Sprain as the Bulls hope and wish thr MRI tells them just that. That is the one player outside of Pau Gasol and of course D-Rose that they could ill afford to lose.
The Bulls then came out firing in the 3rd and ran off to a 89-73 lead after three. I don't know if it was the thin air in the Mile High City or what but the Nuggets after three and drinking some "Orange Crush" from #UnitedInOrange dba Denver Broncos ran off a 42-21 frame in the 4th to steal victory 115-110 from the Bulls.
Gallinari had a game-high 33 points for the Nugs as Super-Sub Will Barton added 21 points off the bench and Nugs starting Center Nikola Jokic hit back to back money balls early in the 4th to get Denver rolling. Chicago just fell apart and with former Lead Man Tom Thibodeau long gone they do not get after folks on the defensive end and that has come back to bite them at least 10 times this season late in games.
D-Rose nearly went triple-double with 30 points and nine boards to go with eight helpers. The absence of Pau Gasol for Chicago was huge in the 4th with no inside presence as he was out with a Left Hand Strain. Chicago falls to 2-3 on current 7-game motel swing that looks like no Jimmy Butler in the last two contests!