Bulls Win Shootout With Nuggets

Chicago has season-high in points, but needs late surge to beat Denver
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 23, 2008 12:04 AM CST
Chicago Bulls' Tyrus Thomas dunks the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in Chicago. The Bulls won 135-121. (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Chicago Bulls got 37 points from Ben Gordon, scored at least 30 points in each quarter, and still had to hold on for a 135-121 win over the Denver Nuggets tonight, reports the Associated Press. Chicago led by 23 midway into the third quarter, but Denver went on a run and cut the lead to 108-102 four minutes into the fourth quarter.

The Bulls answered with a 14-3 run, which included 10 points by Gordon, and that finally finished Denver. J.R. Smith led the comeback for Denver with back-to-back 3 pointers for six of his career-high 43. The Bulls' season-high point total was full of stars: besides Gordon, Andres Nocioni (21 points), Tyrus Thomas (18) and Joakim Noah (14) all had big games.