Taj Gibson came off the bench and finished with 15 points and recorded 10 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season, to lead the Chicago Bulls to a blowout victory over the Denver Nuggets, 117-89. The Bulls had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 42-84 (50.0%) from the field, including 10-17 (58.8%) from three-point range. This is the fifth win in a row for Chicago (29-25).
Gibson shot 7-14 from the field. Other key performers for Chicago were D.J. Augustin with 22 points and 8 assists, Joakim Noah with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich with 10 points and 6 rebounds. On 8-13 shooting, including 5-7 from behind the arc, Randy Foye put up 23 points for Denver in the loss.
The Bulls combined an eFG% of 56.0% with 58.8% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (5-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Nuggets, on the other hand, are winless (0-6) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Denver (25-29) to 1-1 versus Chicago on the season.
Coming up, the Bulls take on the Miami Heat, who are 39-14 on the season. The Nuggets go up against the Sacramento Kings, currently sitting at 18-36 this year. The Bulls have a 1-1 record against Miami this season. The Nuggets are 1-1 versus Sacramento this season.