The Nuggets looked like a playoff team Thursday night with a 128-96 win over the Chicago Bulls. Six players finished in double figures for the Nuggets, as Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson each finished with a double-double. Lawson finished the game with 16 points and 12 assists, and Faried racked up 21 points and 12 rebounds. On top of his double-double, Lawson also finished the game with an extremely impressive +/- of +40.
The three others starters for the Nuggets, Danilo Gallinari, Andre Iguodala, and Kosta Koufos, combined for 33 points. Gallinari scraped together 15 points and Iguodala finished with a quiet 14 point night.
Seven players scored off the bench for Denver and the leading scorer on the night for the Nuggets was one of them. Wilson Chandler had a season high 24 points, which was the most by any player on the team for the night. JaVale McGee finished his night with ten points.
The Nuggets led 33-25 after the first quarter and did not look back. They led 63-58 at halftime and blew the game wide open once the third quarter rolled around. Denver put up 37 points in the third, as Chicago managed to only scrap together 16. They also outscored the Bulls in the fourth quarter, by the score of 28-22.
On the Bulls side, four players finished in double figures. Daequan Cook, Nate Robinson, Loul Deng, and Carlos Boozer combined for 62 points, as Cook lead the team with 19. Joakim Noah, who came into the game averaging a double-double, was a non-factor in the matchup, finishing the game with five rebounds and two points.
Team stats went in the Denver favor in almost every category. The Nuggets shot 58% from the field and 47% from three-point land. They finished the game 19-23 (81%) in the free-throw department. Denver also out rebounded Chicago, and had more assists, blocks, and steals. Only ten turnovers were committed by the Nuggets and the teams were tied in total teams fouls with sixteen.
When the game was all said and done, the Nuggets put together one of their best games of the season. A dominate third quarter helped lead them over the Bulls and they advanced to the record of 32-18. Denver remains one of the hotter teams in the league, as they have won 21 of their last 27 games. The team goes on a four-game road trip, which opens up in Cleveland, Saturday night, at 7:30 P.M.