Denver (12-39) at Chicago (17-35)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Sat Feb 15, 2003
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CHICAGO (TICKER) —The Denver Nuggets hope to hand the Chicago Bulls a season high-tying ninth consecutive defeat when they match up on Saturday at the United Center.

The Bulls, who lost nine in a row from November 19-December 6, dropped their eighth straight game on Friday, 90-72, at New Jersey.

Chicago trailed by 10 points at the half but was outscored, 19-8, over the next six minutes and did not threaten New Jersey thereafter.

Jalen Rose and rookie Jay Williams scored 13 points apiece but shot 6-of-18 and 6-of-15, respectively, as the Bulls connected on just 33 percent (28-of-84).

Denver, which is opening a three-game road trip, has lost three straight contests and 10 of 12, including a 113-102 home defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday in the back end of a home-and-home series.

Juwan Howard scored 22 points and rookie Nikoloz Tskitishvili added a season-high 17 but the Nuggets allowed Kobe Bryant to score an NBA season-high 51 points in less than three quarters of action.

The Nuggets have lost 10 straight road contests since a victory at Seattle on January 3. Denver is 0-10 on the road against Eastern Conference teams and 3-22 away from the Pepsi Center overall this season.

Denver is 1-34 when allowing teams to score at least 83 points and 11-5 when keeping opponents under 83.

The Nuggets have won five straight meetings with the Bulls, including a 102-100 overtime triumph on February 4.

Chris Whitney sent the game into an extra session with a shot that was ruled a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left but replays indicated was not. Whitney then nailed five free throws in the final 21 seconds of overtime to clinch the win, and Howard added 30 points.

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