Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The Denver Nuggets (11-12) play against the Chicago Bulls (8-8) at United Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Monday December 6, 2021

Denver Nuggets 97, Chicago Bulls 109 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
10 observations: Without DeMar DeRozan, and a slew of other key contributors, the Bulls stormed past the Nuggets in the second half of Monday’s 109-97 victory at the UC
Notes on a complete Zach LaVine performance, Ayo Dosunmu’s first NBA start, more
nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…11:39 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic, asked it means anything to him to pass Larry Bird on the all-time triple-double list:
“Maybe some kind of legacy, they’re going to remember me … which, they are not.” – 11:39 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
“From Chicago . . .”
Ayo Dosunmu spoke with both innocence and eloquence about his starting lineup introduction before his 1st NBA start.
For @NBCSChicago: nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…11:37 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Getting buckets & grabbing boards. pic.twitter.com/KwgEceCCnm11:37 PM

Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Donovan has gotten flak over the years for not being great at adjustments. From what I’ve seen, he’s been willing to improvise in-game all year. Tonight he took the double off Jokic when he saw it wasn’t working, rode hot players, ran some stuff I hadn’t seen much (veer pin ATO). – 11:35 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nuggets bench scoring in non-garbage time minutes:
50 combined minutes
5 points
2/14 2P
0/4 3P
1/2 FT – 11:32 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Asked Nikola Jokic if his wrist is still bothering him, and the question included something about him wearing a hot-pad on his wrist on the bench.
His answer: “I’m trying to stay hot.” – 11:25 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic on his relationship with Bulls center Nikola Vucevic: “We play Counter-Strike a lot together.” – 11:25 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
“He got that swag to him. He is very confident when he is out there and we put 100% trust in him.” – @Lonzo Ball on @AyoDos_11 pic.twitter.com/FtHoLJHx4B11:20 PM

Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Zach LaVine: “It’s a new team, man. I tried to say it at the beginning of the year, this isn’t last year.” – 11:19 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Zach LaVine said he called DeMar DeRozan right after the game: “Let him know we got his back. Fingers crossed for his test tomorrow. He’s in good spirits, feeling good. Definitely called him just to say what up to him and celebrate the win with him.” – 11:19 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
JaMychal Green is now 10-of-51 from three-point range of the season, good for 19.6%.
If you ask me what the Nuggets bench identity is, I’d say pick and pops between Green and Barton/Bones/Facu.
I can’t point to anything else, and with Green’s struggles, that’s problematic. – 11:14 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Zach LaVine says he called DeMar DeRozan immediately after the game to celebrate the win and check in on his teammate. He said DeMar was in “good spirits” after going into COVID protocol earlier today.
“Fingers crossed for his test tomorrow.” – 11:09 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Zach LaVine said he called DeMar DeRozan right after Bulls win tonight over the Nuggets: “Let him know we had his back” – 11:09 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
LaVine said he called DeMar DeRozan right after the game. Said DeRozan is doing well, hoping for better news tomorrow. #Bulls11:08 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: Lonzo and Zach media availability after tonight’s win over the Nuggets twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…11:04 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Monte Morris described what it feels like lately in the third quarter:
“It feels draining. It’s like an episode of Space Jam or something. Take your talent or something. We ain’t moving, I’m out there so I feel it.”
Said it’s unacceptable and that’s what inexperienced teams do. – 11:04 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls win with out DeMar … Ayo starts and talks about the win … this one has it all.
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/bulls/2021/12/…11:04 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
We’ll look to bounce back on Wednesday.
nba.com/nuggets/news/n…11:00 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Ayo Dosunmu is pretty damn mature, both on and off the court. But you gotta love his innocence when asked about being introduced “from Chicago . . .” during starting lineups and if he’s aware of the history behind that with Derrick Rose: “He’s from Chicago, too.” – 10:50 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
The Nuggets’ bench tonight in non-garbage time minutes: 5 total points – 10:48 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Ayo giving a geography lesson – Chicago is in Illinois… – 10:44 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: Bulls postgame media availability after tonight’s win over the Nuggets twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:43 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Coach Malone also said Denver had a hard time starting quarters and a hard time closing quarters.
“If you’re not starting quarters and you’re not closing quarters what are you doing.” – 10:40 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Billy Donovan: “It’s gotta be an incredible experience for him growing up in Chicago.”
Donovan said he told Dosunmu an hour before tipoff that he’d be starting and that he’d play a lot of minutes. Said rookie was unfazed. – 10:36 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Coach Malone said this loss was disappointing because of the way Denver came out to start the third quarter. He pointed out that’s been a problem on this road trip. He asked the guys in an early second half timeout what they want him to do, & said whatever it is he’ll do it. – 10:36 PM
Trey Kerby @treykerby
The Bulls keep finding new ways to be BACK! 👀🔴 – 10:34 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: Bulls postgame media availability after tonight’s win over the Nuggets twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…10:32 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls win. Time to celebrate ⁦@UnitedCenter⁩ pic.twitter.com/nBNN7veEHZ10:31 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Ayo Dosunmu’s full stat line in his first #NBA start was 11 pts, 8 asts, 6 rebs in 42 minutes. #Bulls10:31 PM
Troy Brown @Troy_Brown33
Keep em going 🙏🏾‼10:29 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Final Numbers 📊
Zach: 32p/3r/8a/1s
Zo: 20p/10r/4a/4b
Vooch: 20p/10r/2a/1s/1b
Derrick: 12p/9r/1a/1b
Ayo: 11p/6r/8a/1s
TBJ: 6p/8r/1a
Tony: 3p/6r/1a/1b
Matt: 3p/3r/1s
Devon: 2p pic.twitter.com/vj0DJYNOLD10:26 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
One of those rare Nikola Jokic off shooting nights. You only get a couple of them per year, but they’re always jarring. Jokic has had two recent ones — at ORL and tonight in CHI, where he shoots 6-17. Nuggets fall back under .500 to 11-12. Still 3 games left on this road trip. – 10:25 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
The Nuggets don’t often get pasted with Jokic out there, but congrats to the Bulls who played Jokic well strategically, then rocketed ahead in the second half and kept the energy all the way to the end. Jokic was still +7 in 36 mins, but Denver lost his rest minutes in a big way. – 10:23 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they collapse in the second half 109-97 against the Bulls.
Jokić off night started from three in first half and was everywhere in second. Still had 15 assists and was a +7 in 37 minutes in a 12-point loss
You can do the math from there. pic.twitter.com/CjdhKw1GWn10:20 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls win…Bulls win…Bulls win….109-97. Vucevic and Ball double-double. LaVine was fabulous with 32-3-8. Ayo 42 min. 11-6-8. Jones: 12-9. – 10:19 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Both teams were shorthanded, but this was an impressive 109-97 victory by #Bulls over Denver, given the circumstances. LaVine 32 pts, Vuc 20 & 10, Lonzo 20, Jones 12, Dosunmu 11.
Jokic finished with 17-12-15 – 10:19 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
I’m already planning on coming to Chicago around mid-May for the combine. Will I be covering the Eastern Conference Finals that same week? 🤔👁 – 10:18 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Feel like we keep saying this, but that was one of the most impressive Bulls wins of the year – 10:18 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Bulls hang 63 points in the second half on Denver and win running away.
Chicago 109, Denver 97. – 10:18 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Final: Bulls 109, Nuggets 97
LaVine: 32 pts, 8 ast
Lonzo: 20 pts, 10 reb, 4 ast, 4 blk
Vucevic: 20 pts, 10 reb
DJJ: 12 pts, 9 reb
Dosunmu: 11 pts, 8 ast, 6 reb (1st NBA start)
Bulls win without DeRozan/Caruso/Coby/Javonte and move to 17-8 – 10:18 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Final: Bulls 109, Nuggets 97.
The Bulls sweep the two-game series with the Nuggets, notching another impressive, shorthanded victory.
Ayo Dosunmu was terrific throughout: 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, career-high 41 minutes!
The Bulls are now 17-8. – 10:17 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls 109, Nuggets 97
Bulls have Eastern Conference-high 17 victories
LaVine 32 pts, 8 assists
Ball 20 pts, 10 rebs, 4 assists, 4 blocks
Vucevic 20 pts, 10 rebs
Dosunmu 11 pts, 8 assists, 6 rebs
Jokic 17 pts, 15 assists, 12 rebs – 10:17 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN.
BULLS WIN. pic.twitter.com/M65k1NuufR10:17 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Great game plan and great defense from the Bulls. Lonzo is so disruptive on the defensive end. He was everywhere tonight. Off night as a scorer from Jokic but some of that is result of a great game plan from the Bulls.
Denver’s bench was atrocious. – 10:17 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Just a reminder that this depth was possible because Zach LaVine is making just under $20 mill this season. It’s like having a great quarterback on a rookie contract – allows depth to be bought. That won’t be the case when Mad Max visits LaVine’s bank account this summer. – 10:13 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Now a big dunk by Derrick Jones Jr. Gordon has 18 pts, but not his night – 10:13 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
AYO LOBS IT UP TO ZO.
@NBCSChicago | @Lonzo Ball pic.twitter.com/sYLdlLw8q210:13 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
All 5 starters in double figures and Vucevic has a double-double. – 10:10 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Going down the stretch with @Danny Leroux for DEN/CHI. Ask a question using #NBACast and join us LIVE on League Pass for in-depth analysis and stats nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…10:10 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Aaron Gordon can’t catch a break against LaVine. Nice block called goaltending and Zach has 30 pts. #Bulls10:09 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Vucevic hasn’t shot well but he has worked very hard on defense. Nobody stops Jokic 1-on-1 but he has been in solid position all game – 10:09 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Caruso is doing a lot of coaching from the bench. #Bulls10:08 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The Bulls are fun as hell. – 10:07 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
DERRICK JONES JR. WITH THE FINISH.
@NBCSChicago | @Derrick Jones Jr. pic.twitter.com/7b3mDGSdEq10:06 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls outscoring Denver 52-34 in the second half. – 10:06 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Not many people expected the shorthanded Bulls to do what they’re doing to the visiting Denver Nuggets tonight.
With 6:01 left to play, the Bulls lead the Nuggets 98-83.
The Bulls are missing DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso, Coby White, Javonte Green and Patrick Williams. – 10:06 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
That’s probably the game. Denver is being outworked, outcommunicated, outhustled and outexecuted. Arturas has put together a nice squad that feeds off each other. Nuggets are gonna have to work hard and get some luck down the stretch – which is not happening right now. – 10:06 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Fast-break points:
Bulls 15, Nuggets 0 – 10:06 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Don’t see that often — Lonzo on the receiving end of alley-oop, from Dosunmu. #Bulls lead Nuggets 98-83 with 6:01 left – 10:05 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Big time missed opportunity tonight for the Nuggets. – 10:05 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Ayo just makes winning plays. He might not score like Coby White, but flat-out impacts winning. – 10:04 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Ayo is doing it all…steals, assists, defense. 11-6-7 in his first NBA start….38th pick in the draft–really? Seriously? @Chicago Bulls10:03 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Even Paul Millsap didn’t age as fast as JaMychal Green has between last year and this one. It’s astonishing. – 10:03 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
The wheels. They be off. Bulls’ 15-point lead is largest of the game. – 10:03 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Watch today’s cast for Nuggets/Bulls live on League Pass! Ask a question using #NBACast — answering your questions during breaks with @Nate Duncan nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…10:00 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls fans..hope you’re enjoying our broadcast tonight @670TheScore @Audacy @Chicago Bulls radio network – 9:59 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls up 88-79. Jokic season high 12 assists. Ayo: 11-5-6. 8:02 left 4th. – 9:58 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Really like Ayo in the DeRozan role of be aggressive with the second-teamers on the floor. #Bulls9:57 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
That was a 6-point possession from Chicago. Lonzo Ball hit a 3, plus a free-throw after flagrant foul from JaMychal Green for being in Ball’s landing area on the shot. Then a Tony Bradley dunk after Chicago kept possession. Went from 77-73 to 83-73 Bulls in a split-second. – 9:56 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls on a 9-0 run..Ayo with 9-5-6 Bulls up 86-73. – 9:55 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Nuggets may not need to put Jokic back in if this continues. Go down by 20 and the big man can get some rest, I guess. – 9:54 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
No bigger momentum changer than JaMychal Green giving up a six point play on a made 3-point foul.
The veteran is having a horrible stint. – 9:54 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
6-point possession by #Bulls: Lonzo hits a 3, flagrant foul on JaMychal Green, so Lonzo adds a FT, then Ayo dishes to Tony Bradley for dunk. Bulls up 86-73 after Ayo adds a 3 – 9:53 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
JaMychal Green is a disaster right now. His season has been a struggle from start to finish so far. – 9:53 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls-AYO— for 3….Bulls up 86-73 with 9:47 left 4th – 9:53 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
JMyke should really stop arguing with refs about how he stepped under Lonzo and maybe focus on doing some useful things on the court. – 9:53 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Not a good season for JaMychal Green. – 9:50 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Denver has GOT to finish in the paint. KILLING me. – 9:50 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jmyke leads the Nuggets in rookie mistakes this season – 9:49 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
Crazy effort from Zach LaVine through three quarters. 32 minutes, 10-of-19 shooting, 26 points, 6 assists. They’re asking him to do everything with only four minutes of rest so far. – 9:49 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
12 points in the quarter for Zach!
@NBCSChicago | @Zach LaVine pic.twitter.com/ZrxInouOKF9:48 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Final period coming up!
Zach LaVine: 26 points, 6 assists
Nikola Vucevic: 16 points, 8 rebounds pic.twitter.com/8XAk81RASb9:48 PM

Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Zach LaVine scored 12 pts in the final 4 mins of 3rdQ, has 26 for game. A late Matt Thomas 3 has #Bulls ahead 77-71 heading into 4thQ.
Vucevic has 16 & 8, Lonzo 14 & 7
Jokic already a triple-double with 10-10-11 – 9:47 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Zach LaVine with 12-3rd quarter points. Bulls 77-71 after 3. LaVine with 26. What a ballgame. – 9:47 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
There’s just no answer for Zach LaVine on Denver’s roster. – 9:47 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Zach LaVine going Baryon Mode to end the 3rd. – 9:46 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets were down 1 when Nikola left with 2:29 left in the third.
It’s now a six-point deficit entering the fourth. And would’ve been worse had AG not canned a buzzer 3. – 9:46 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
MATT THOMAS STEALING LAVINE’s THUNDER!!! – 9:46 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
12-point 3rd quarter for LaVine – 9:45 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic is out of the game late in the third for his regular rest. @AltitudeTV just showed him with a towel over his right wrist though. – 9:43 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Man, I really need LaVine vs Jamal Murray back in my life. They should be in a shooting war tonight if Nugglife was kinder to us. Heal up, Jamal – we miss you. – 9:42 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
LaVine is having a very strong decision-making game. – 9:40 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
If you are looking for good play-by-play of DEN/CHI, check out the #NBACast live on League Pass! Taking your questions during breaks with @Danny Leroux, send yours in using #NBACast nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…9:40 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Happy Birthday Larry Bird (it’s tomorrow), Nikola Jokic just passed you on the all time triple double list – 9:38 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nikola Jokic picked up the triple double with five minutes left in the 3rd quarter. – 9:38 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic just passed Larry Bird for the 8th most triple-doubles in NBA history with 60. – 9:38 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
🚨 JOKER TRIPLE DOUBLE 🚨 – 9:38 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic with his third triple-double of the season. He’s got 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in 25 minutes. – 9:37 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Triple double for Jokic with 4:55 left in 3rd. – 9:37 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Season-high 11 assists for Nikola! pic.twitter.com/osix9qQOsd9:36 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
He’ll be taking that, thank you 🍪 pic.twitter.com/0QODyCvtqk9:34 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Jokic with a 9-9-9 game. Denver 56-55. 7:32 left 3rd – 9:32 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Denver 56-55. 7:32 left 3rd. Lonzo Ball has tied his season high with 4 blocks. 26 on the season to lead the team. – 9:31 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic sitting on 9/9/9 in 9 (fine, 22 minutes). – 9:30 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
We’re live for Nuggets/Bulls! On the call with @Nate Duncan — submit your questions using #NBACast nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…9:30 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Vucevic isn’t close on his misses. 4-15 now. – 9:28 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Steal and bucket by Ayo!
@NBCSChicago | @AyoDos_11 pic.twitter.com/PMtN9XNd0P9:28 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
The Bulls are just playing harder right now, with more intention. Denver’s starters have to clean this up now, because the bench still has another stint. Finish in the paint, please. Grab rebounds. – 9:27 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls are on a 17-2 run dating to first half. – 9:26 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Bench sucking the life out of the Nuggets starters once again. This is identical to the Magic. – 9:26 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Ayo with the steal and slam…Bulls up 53-49. 9:28 left 3rd – 9:25 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Bulls, Knicks, Magic. All three teams punched first in the third quarter of their last three games.
Malone is heated after Chicago opens on 7-0 run. TO. – 9:25 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I feel like every time I flip to it, the Bulls are running a one-pass-away double-team at Nikola Jokic. Chicago got a little lucky Denver didn’t hit more shots. Jokic should have at least 10-12 assists already. – 9:18 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
The ball was moving in the first half! pic.twitter.com/CLi8zFNom79:16 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
On the call for DEN/CHI with @Danny Leroux, send in your questions using #NBACast nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…9:15 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Got a good one on our hands pic.twitter.com/SwHndQIqR49:09 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they lead 49-46 over the Bulls.
-Jokić got a bit three happy but still has 7-9-7
-Monte looks fantastic IMO
-The bench is the bench is the bench. Zeke’s gotta hit his outside shots, but he’s on the scouting report now pic.twitter.com/cZxISgx1yP9:08 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
The Nuggets had an up and down 1st half but go into the intermission up 49-46.
Barton scored 13 points.
Jokic is already on triple double watch as he has 7/7/9.
Bulls starters have essentially played the entire half.
If you’re Coach Malone, what’s your message to the team? – 9:08 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Down three at the half.
Lonzo Ball: 14 points (5-10 FG)
Zach LaVine: 14 points, 3 assists pic.twitter.com/w29sS8d7zg9:08 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls at half trail 49-46..Ball and LaVine each with 14. Bulls 5-18- 27% Jokic: 7-9-7. Denver: 33%fg – 9:07 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets were up 11 at the 3:46 mark of the second quarter. Bulls close on a 10-2 run to make it 49-46 Denver entering the break.
Jokic, with 7 points, 7 assists and 9 rebounds, is triple-double hunting. – 9:07 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
#Bulls finish 1stH on 10-2 run and trail Denver 49-46 at half. Lonzo and LaVine with 14 pts each. Will Barton leads Nugs with 13 – 9:06 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Derrick Jones Jr. at the HORN.
@NBCSChicago | @Derrick Jones Jr. pic.twitter.com/jwc5htSN1J9:06 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Nuggets 49, Bulls 46 at half
Lavine 14 pts
Ball 14 pts
Barton 13 pts
Jokic 7 pts, 9 rebs, 7 assists
Both teams shooting under 37% – 9:06 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Man what a terrible last 4 minutes for Denver. – 9:06 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Bulls would’ve closed first half on 10-0 run if not for this Jones foul on Jokic and subsequent FTs with 4.7 seconds left. – 9:05 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Not guarding the 3-point line has been a poor strategy for #Bulls tonight. Nuggets are 8-15 and back out to a 9-point lead after the Bulls pulled even. – 9:00 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Watch Nuggets/Bulls with me and @Nate Duncan live on League Pass and send in your questions using #NBACast nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…9:00 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
With 5 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 14 minutes, Nikola Jokic is on triple-double watch early. – 8:58 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Derrick Jones Jr. has 3 fouls – 8:57 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Hey, Bulls Nation..I love you–Thanks for keeping me company..solo..@670TheScore @Chicago Bulls radio network @Audacy Bulls down 40-36. Ball and LaVine=22pts – 8:54 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Doubling Jokic is death. How have teams not realized this? – 8:53 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Zach stops on a dime.
@NBCSChicago | @Zach LaVine pic.twitter.com/8gs63l4JIK8:53 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
I know they’ve doubled him at times, but it’s weird that Jokic has taken only 3 shots, the fewest of any starter. – 8:51 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
That was a complete fail all the way around by the Nuggets bench unit. Just a pitiful stint. – 8:50 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Watch DEN/CHI with me and @Danny Leroux live on League Pass and send in your questions using #NBACast nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…8:50 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets‘ second unit has scored three points this quarter. Nikola Jokic, AG and Jeff Green coming back in. – 8:48 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
This is second straight game that Tony Bradley has made impact off bench with rebounding. – 8:48 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Three points for the Nuggets bench tonight. Bulls do a better job of contesting threes than the Knicks do, and that has made the difference. – 8:44 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls have battled back..trail by 3…30-27 9:20 le3ft 2nd. Ball with 3-3s…game high 11. – 8:43 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Coach Malone loved the defensive effort in that first quarter for Denver. Gave up just 18 points and held Chicago to just 33% from the field. – 8:39 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
12 minutes down.
Nikola Vucevic: 7 points (3-of-5 FG)
Lonzo Ball: 5 points, 3 rebounds pic.twitter.com/TbV8n98xdw8:37 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
After 1…Denver 27-18. Bulls 2-11-3s. Vooch with 7pts. LaVine 4pts. Ball 5-3-1. Denver: Barton: 8 Jokic 5-4-4- – 8:36 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
This Ayo / Ball / Troy Brown Jr. / Matt Thomas / Tony Bradley lineup ain’t it. – 8:36 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Strong first quarter for the #Nuggets, who are up 27-18 on the Bulls. Chicago shot just 33% from the field, 2 for 11 from 3-point range.
Jokic with 5 points, 4 boards, 4 assists in 10 minutes. – 8:36 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
The Bulls broadcast just showed the Jordan statue doing His Airness thing – so Nuggets fans, what moment should Jokic’s future statue in Denver immortalize? – 8:32 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
“Wow it feels like the Bulls have scored over Jokić a lot tonight.”
Nuggets lead 25-15 with 3 minutes to go in the first. – 8:30 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nuggets are up 10 points with 2:21 remaining in the 1st and Nikola Jokic has been facilitating.
When he’s in his bag where he dominating in other ways, it opens up Denver to getting whatever it is they want.
Teammates are knocking down shots as well. – 8:30 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Nikola Jokic with a 5-4-4 game.. Bulls down 25-15. Denver 5-7-3s. Bulls 1-7. – 8:30 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Dimes are being dropped 🪙 pic.twitter.com/AWdxFINYkA8:29 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
The ball’s got energy. That’s 8 assists on 9 FGs. That Joker put-back was the first unassisted bucket of the night for Nuggets. – 8:27 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
hello JOK3R – 8:26 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
I knew the rotation would be different. I didn’t know Matt Thomas would play in the 1st quarter. – 8:25 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Watch today’s cast for DEN/CHI live on League Pass! Ask a question using #NBACast, answering your questions during breaks with @Danny Leroux nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…8:25 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Zeke Nnaji chcecking in. – 8:24 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Denver on an 8-0 run..up 15-7. Barton with 8. Vooch with 5pts. – 8:19 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nuggets are doing a great job of taking what the defense gives them. Chicago is doubling Jokić, and unsurprisingly, he has three assists. – 8:19 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Will Barton III hits his second 3 to put the Nuggets up 15-7 early in Chicago. Denver’s on an 8-0 run. – 8:19 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets open the game 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and Barton’s got two of them.
Denver also with five assists (Jokic w/ 3 of them) on five made field goals. Nuggets up 15-7 early. – 8:18 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
“From Chicago…” @AyoDos_11 pic.twitter.com/muB85pQP1Y8:15 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
“From Chicago …” Ayo gets the starting nod! – 8:13 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
On the call for Nuggets/Bulls with @Nate Duncan! Send in your questions using #NBACast nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…8:08 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Ayo Dosunmu is introduced with starters as “from Chicago . . .” – 8:07 PM
Josh Martin @LonzoWire
Lonzo Ball’s breakout season in New Orleans featured a number of career-best performances. Here are his top five games of the year. lonzowire.usatoday.com/lists/lonzo-ba…8:00 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
We’re live for DEN/CHI! On the call with @Danny Leroux, submit your questions using #NBACast nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…8:00 PM
Trey Kerby @treykerby
I see Jeremy Strong is a Bulls fan. 👀🔴 – 7:58 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
This “dawg” has his day … or week, as Alex Caruso is shut down with the hope his right hamstring can heal up a bit. The Bulls will re-evaluate him next week.
Read it:
chicago.suntimes.com/bulls/2021/12/…7:51 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Wrote yesterday about how game is slowing down for Ayo Dosunmu. Will that hold as the rookie makes his first NBA start? nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…7:44 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
The Bulls and Nuggets are missing a combined 11 players tonight but this I know..Billy Donovan and Michael Malone are two superb coaches and their teams will compete. Period. – 7:43 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Tonight’s game is the 172nd consecutive regular-season appearance for Duncan Robinson, the second-longest streak in the franchise’s 34 seasons. The record is 174 by Glen Rice, from 1992 to ’94. Robinson can tie it Saturday vs. visiting Bulls. – 7:39 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Simply giving the people what they want…
Jamal Murray buckets. pic.twitter.com/LtDtwxKoeh7:37 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Almost time to hoop 🏀
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/Gdg3mlOTxV7:34 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
All-Defensive teams to start the year:
First Team
G – Alex Caruso
G – Mikal Bridges (idc idc idc)
F – Draymond Green
F – Giannis
C – Rudy Gobert
Second Team
G – Matisse Thybulle
G – Chris Paul
F – Paul George
F – Evan Mobley
C – Nikola Jokić
Let’s argue. – 7:34 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Rookie Ayo Dosunmu gets his first career start tonight for the Bulls. – 7:32 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
TONIGHT’S STARTERS:
Team : DEN (Visitor)
Barton, Will
Gordon, Aaron
Green, Jeff
Jokic, Nikola
Morris, Monte
Team : CHI (Home)
Ball, Lonzo -Guard
Dosunmu, Ayo
Jones Jr., Derrick
LaVine, Zach
Vucevic, Nikola – 7:32 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
#Bulls will start LaVine, Ball, Dosunmu, Jones & Vucevic – 7:32 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Hi I recorded these prior to DeRozan being out. Still work though. Nuggets vs Bulls
🔑 Defend LaVine – had career night in Denver
🔑 Boards – 17 o boards last time for Chi, that can’t happen again
🔑 Strong Finish/Do your work early! 4th quarter details
pic.twitter.com/3QZcIsjkB07:31 PM

Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Ayo Dosunmu will make his first career start tonight for the Bulls. – 7:31 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Next man up.
Ayo Dosunmu is getting his first career start!
@FirstAlert | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/0uZIJfrOaJ7:30 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Pregame Lounge with me, @Adam Mares, @BrendanVogt and @Duvalier Johnson is live!
– Nuggets/Bulls Game Notes
– Who in the NBA is down the worst?
– Who are the Broncos of the NBA?
– Best @DKSportsbook bets for the night
youtube.com/watch?v=pQr_SC…7:29 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alex Caruso to miss at least a week with his hamstring/calf issues.
Story for @NBCSChicago: nbcsports.com/chicago/bulls/…7:22 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Mondays are better with #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/qYjDdLZRxr7:01 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
About an hour away from tonight’s #NBACast for DEN/CHI live on League Pass with @Danny Leroux!
Taking your questions live on air, send yours in using #NBACast nba.com/game/den-vs-ch…7:00 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Monday night hoops on deck.
@Zennioptical | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/Zr0tRQQfdp6:56 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone stressed the importance of role players buying into what Nikola Jokić is selling offensively. In Nikola, the Nuggets have someone that makes things easier as long as players run to the corner, pass and cut, and do the simple things.
Jeff Green embodies that. – 6:42 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
As soon as it’s confirmed that at least four Hornets have a positive COVID test, they can use a Hardship spot to add a 16th player to their roster.
Same scenario for the Bulls when/if it is confirmed DeMar DeRozan has a positive COVID test.
Once healthy, 16th spot goes away. – 6:37 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone pregame in Chicago on Zeke Nnaji: “Zeke has stayed ready, emotionally, physically and he’s taken full advantage of the opportunity. The guy has a tremendous work ethic. He lives in the gym.” – 6:35 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
So Bulls tonight vs Nuggets are without:
-DeMar DeRozan (health and safety)
-Alex Caruso (right hamstring strain)
-Coby White (health and safety)
-Javonte Green (health and safety) – 6:34 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
So to sum up- Coby White and Javonte Green out with the Covid. DeRozan possibly out – out tonight for sure. Caruso out at least a week. Fun times! – 6:32 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls Head Coach Billy Donovan says Alex Caruso will be re-evaluated in a week ( hamstring). – 6:29 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan says Caruso (hamstring) will be reevaluated next week, so he’ll miss 3-4 games. Donovan says it’s “not significant,” want to get him healthy. #Bulls6:28 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Alex Caruso (hamstring) will be out at least a week, per Billy Donovan. – 6:28 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
Alex Caruso (hamstring) will be reevaluated in a week, Donovan says. – 6:28 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
Alex Caruso is also sidelined as he continues to recover from that hamstring strain. He will be re-evaluated in a week. Donovan doesn’t have a clear path for his recovery, but says “it’s not significant.” – 6:28 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Billy Donovan says Alex Caruso is out vs. Nuggets and will be reevaluated in a week – 6:28 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Alex Caruso is out and will be re-evaluated in a week. – 6:27 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
Alex Caruso is out vs. Nuggets and will be re-evaluated in a week, per Billy Donovan – 6:27 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
It’s unclear at this time whether DeMar DeRozan will travel to Cleveland with the Bulls tomorrow for Wednesday’s game, Bulls coach Billy Donovan says. – 6:27 PM
Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Billy Donovan says DeMar DeRozan was a full participant in shootaround this morning. Entered protocol this afternoon. Said Bulls are back to testing multiple times per day – 6:26 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
DeRozan participated in today’s shoootaround, Donovan said. News came from #NBA a couple hours ago. #Bulls6:25 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
DeMar DeRozan participated in shootaround. His test result came back in afternoon. Again, Donovan doesn’t yet know if it’s a positive test or not. Just that DeRozan landed in health and safety protocols.
Donovan said Bulls are now testing more than once a day. – 6:25 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Bulls are back to multiple testing, according to Donovan. – 6:23 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Bulls coach Billy Donovan says he “doesn’t know yet” whether DeRozan has tested positive. Team will know more in the next day or so – 6:20 PM
Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
DeMar DeRozan is out for tonight’s Chicago Bulls game in COVID-19 protocol.
Billy Donovan says he is awaiting further test results to confirm if this is a false positive or not. If that result is maintained, he would be the third positive Bulls player in the last week. – 6:20 PM
Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Billy Donovan has more Covid issues – hello DeMar DeRozan. – 6:19 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
If DeMar DeRozan is confirmed to test positive for COVID-19, Chicago would be eligible to apply for a hardship exception and sign a 16th player.
– Patrick Williams (extended injury)
– Coby White (health/safety)
– Javonte Green (health/safety)
– DeMar DeRozan (health/safety) – 6:19 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Donovan has nothing more to say than DeRozan is in health and safety protocols. Doesn’t know much else. #Bulls6:19 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Chi-Town drip 💧
#ULTRADrip x #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/1RsxM3UEsn6:18 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
LIVE: Coach Billy Donovan prior to tonight’s game against Denver twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…6:18 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
According to Billy Donovan, team doesn’t know if DeMar DeRozan returned false positive yet or not. – 6:18 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
I just wrote about the current COVID-19 outbreak plaguing the Bulls this morning. ⤵
https://t.co/vDX3lUvw7l pic.twitter.com/YXYVgs3oKw6:10 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
We meet again, @Denver Nuggets.
@LiquiMolyUSA | #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/pOSExKLDIN6:05 PM

Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls- Injury report. DeMar DeRozan has enter the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. – 5:57 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Davon Reed getting in early work at the UC. pic.twitter.com/eXUigVvKVK5:48 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
DeMar DeRozan has entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols and could be out for multiple games, per @Shams Charania. pic.twitter.com/MfRXvbYNd95:46 PM

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
It’s our @goaawol digital shirt toss time!
RT now for a chance to win – the only way to get this shirt. pic.twitter.com/NnCbZKY5WA5:45 PM
Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry
No DeMar DeRozan tonight for the Bulls against Denver. Health and safety protocols. More to come. But he’s the fourth Bulls player to land in the protocols this season. – 5:40 PM
KC Johnson @KCJHoop
On the just-released injury report, Bulls list DeMar DeRozan out vs. Nuggets after entering league’s health and safety protocols. – 5:35 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
DeMar DeRozan will miss tonight’s game to enter the NBA’s health and safety protocols – 5:35 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan has entered into the league’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols, sources tell ESPN. DeRozan was the NBA’s Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference, averaging 30 points in a 3-0 week. – 5:34 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Bulls star DeMar DeRozan has entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is listed out vs. Denver. DeRozan could miss several games in protocols. – 5:33 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I wrote about Aaron Gordon and Jeff Green and how they might have saved Denver’s season together. denverstiffs.com/2021/12/6/2282…5:20 PM
Davon Reed @ClutchREED_5
All Praise Due To The Most High God 🙏 What better way to celebrate your birthday PopPop, I miss you and I love you 💙‼ #1of1 @ Madison Square Garden instagram.com/p/CXKE12Eru1x/…5:02 PM
Josh Martin @LonzoWire
DeRozan averaged more than 30 points per game as the Bulls won all three of their games last week. lonzowire.usatoday.com/2021/12/06/dem…4:58 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Aaron Gordon is shooting 75% at the rim this season. It’s a career-high and in the 94th percentile among all forwards.
46% of Gordon’s shot attempts are also coming at the rim, his most since 2015-16. pic.twitter.com/AZ9joPWsZU4:58 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Donovan Mitchell, DeMar DeRozan named NBA Players of the Week sportando.basketball/en/donovan-mit…4:53 PM
Alex Caruso @ACFresh21
Thinking of you @rogbennett pic.twitter.com/LxL15h8taE4:53 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Alex Caruso didn’t participate in Bulls’ shootaround this morning and is listed as doubtful vs. Nuggets with right hamstring strain – 4:21 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
Tonight’s in-stadium giveaway = 🔥
This @BMOHarrisBank hat was designed by Chicago-based artist David Heo.
We’re also giving away three hats on social – tell us where you’d rep this hat for a chance to win! – 4:15 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#NBA Top 5 Power Rankings 👀:
1. #Suns 19-4 (Next game today vs. #Spurs)
2. #Warriors 19-4 (Next game today vs. #Magic)
3. #Bulls 16-8 (Next game today vs. #Nuggets)
4. #Nets 16-7 (Next game Tuesday vs. #Mavs)
5. #Bucks 15-9 (Next game today vs. #Cavs)
https://t.co/xZZh3DfoTb pic.twitter.com/UHwk4OO5E44:11 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Lonzo Ball has improved his 3P% every year.
30.5% in 2017-18
32.9% in 2018-19
37.5% in 2019-20
37.8% in 2020-21
42.3% this season pic.twitter.com/MxeTV96HWN4:05 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Over/Under 24 assists for the squad tonight?
Sign up with @PointsBetUSA to receive your first bets risk-free up to $2K: bit.ly/3DlZTq7
#MileHighBasketball4:02 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Johnson sat out against the Chicago Bulls with left shoulder soreness but is available for tomorrow’s game in Dallas against the Mavericks. #Nets3:56 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Donovan Mitchell is the western conference player of the week. #Rockets Jae’Sean Tate & Christian Wood were among the nominees, also Nikola Jokić (DEN), Dejounte Murray (SAS). – 3:35 PM
Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls
DEMARVELOUS.
DeMar DeRozan has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week! pic.twitter.com/X3Gfnlk9tr3:35 PM

KC Johnson @KCJHoop
DeMar DeRozan is the Eastern Conference player of week. – 3:31 PM
Alex Caruso @ACFresh21
Bruh it’s 230 and the sun is setting.. – 3:31 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
This week’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week have been announced via email press release (also the Bulls are back) – 3:30 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
NBA’s Players of the Week for Week 7: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Bulls swingman DeMar DeRozan. – 3:30 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
DeMar DeRozan is Eastern Conference player of the week. #Bulls3:30 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
NBA Players of the Week for Week 7: Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell and Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan. – 3:30 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
On the call tonight for DEN/CHI at 8 ET with @Danny Leroux!
Join us live on League Pass and send in your NBA questions using #NBACast3:00 PM
Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
Getting tonight’s #Nuggets game to the 4th quarter with a chance to beat the Bulls is one thing. Dealing with the most lethal closing-quarter duo in the NBA once you get there, is another. Breaking down Zach Lavine and DeMar DeRozan in the clutch instagram.com/tv/CXIG9bOFvqL…2:56 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Alex Caruso is listed as doubtful with hamstring injury for tonight’s game vs. Denver. #Bulls2:52 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
“I feel like I bring this defensive presence that is infectious.”
@Davon Reed is 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙜𝙮 ⚡ pic.twitter.com/mXLNc7FoEN2:45 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Found this statue in our hotel in Chicago. I think it’s the first person to ever dab. Pretty unique piece of history here. pic.twitter.com/T8yjKwCwIZ2:38 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Flores addresses Fuller, Cristobal, more in press conference just now. And Dolphins nuggets on every position: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…2:10 PM





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