The Nuggets lost 97-95 to the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. Minnesota’s Latrell Sprewell tipped in a shot with 16 seconds left to send Denver home with its longest losing streak since it dropped eight in a row to close out last season.
“It’s not just the three in a row, it’s tonight’s game is frustrating,” said Denver rookie Carmelo Anthony, who had 14 points. “The way we fought all the way to the end and then to lose it like that.”
Andre Miller, who has averaged 20.5 points on 53 percent shooting over his last four games, had a triple-double Monday, with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
“We had them on the ropes,” Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said, “and it’s a shame that fundamentally we just failed to block people out.”
Nuggets shooting guard Voshon Lenard did not play against the Timberwolves because of a strained right quadriceps.
The Bulls are coming off Tuesday’s 102-92 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers— their seventh defeat in eight games.
Eddie Robinson, who missed the last two games with a strained groin, had 17 points for Chicago, which has lost 21 straight road games against Western Conference opponents.
The Bulls, who were playing the first game of a seven-game road trip, have lost five straight away from home overall.