Nuggets uncontainable after the break.
A 37-16 third-quarter did the damage for the Chicago Bulls, as they fell to a 128-96 defeat in Denver on Thursday night.
The Nuggets were led in scoring by Kenneth Faried who had 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 24 points.
Ty Lawson also had a big game posting up 16 points and 12 assists as the Nuggets made it eight straight wins at the Pepsi Center, which now takes their record to 13 wins from 15 at home.
The Bulls have been hit by injuries in recent weeks, and despite the return of Joakim Noah and 19 points from Daequan Cook off the bench, they were heavily outscored in the second half and failed to cope with the Nuggets offense.
A solid defense has been the hallmark of Tom Thibodeau’s sides, but it appeared to have deserted the Bulls as they became overwhelmed.
Chicago are third in the league in points allowed and second in shooting percentage. However, the Nuggets destroyed those numbers on Thursday night as the Bulls struggled on the boards and allowed their opponents to get out in transition.
Thibodeau will now hope for an immediate reaction when the Bulls travel to Utah to take on the Jazz on Friday night, ending what has been a gruelling road trip. For the Nuggets, they are at Cleveland on Saturday.